The last straw: Is hour up for this plastic relic?

( CNN) Every day, Americans throw away 500 million plastic straws, enough to circle the Earth twice, or fill 125 school buses.

“Conservatively, you can guess that Americans will use on average two plastic straws a day, so 500 million is an accurate estimate. But I challenge you to start paying attention to the straws you get in your iced coffee, smoothies, soda, and cocktails. When I’m in New York or LA the number of plastic straws I receive is often closer to 10 a day.”

Worldwide, plastic straws are the sixth most common type of litter, according to Litterati, an app that identifies and maps litter, and among the top 10 marine debris items according to environmental advocacy group Ocean Conservacy.

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