"No Straw, Please"
Your new resolution for Earth Day 2018?
Single-use plastics are today's plague: Vietnam generates 18000 tons of plastic waste every day! Think about your morning bánh mì that comes in a plastic bag or your takeaway bubble tea that comes with a plastic cup, a plastic cover, a plastic straw... all inside a plastic bag. They end up in the landfills - buried or burned - and in the oceans, leaking pollutants or being eaten by sea animals.
But enough! You've heard all of that a lot already - but as many people we met asked us; what are the solutions? The issue is huge - and going step by step is the key: why not start with saying no to plastic straws? Half of the time, we don't need a straw. We just take it because it's given. So changing your plastic straw habit can be a good start! And Vietnamese youth are already taking action.
Therefore, here a couple of things you can do to reduce your use of plastic straws.
1. Say no to plastic straws when you order a drink. The challenge is to think about it each time and to insist when they still want to give you a straw. Giang Nguyễn, from Nói Không Với Túi Nylon, shares her approach: "When I order a drink, I tell them that I won't pay if I see a straw in my glass". Efficient!
4. Go to coffee shops that already said no to plastic straws. For example in Hanoi, we have: Hanoi Social Club, Joma Bakery & Cafe, Bluebird Nest, Reng Reng Cafe, Spacebar Coworking Cafe, etc.
6. Spread the word and lead by example for your friends! You can also share this article <3
Happy Earth Day nhé,
The Learning Hub team