In the U.S., 500 million plastic straws are thrown away each day. They aren’t biodegradable, and they are too small to be recycled. They are light weight and blow out of refuse bins and around when thrown on the ground. A large percentage of them end up in oceans floating on the surface. When ingested by certain species, they will never break down in their stomachs causing major health issues. To help with this, using paper straws or bringing your own reusable straws to restaurants, is a good eco-friendly choice.