Every day humans use 500,000,000 drinking straws. These pollute habitats and in particular our oceans, harming and killing ocean animals including dolphins, turtles and whales.

Solution: Tell the waiter “no thank you” and let the management know about the dangers these pose for wildlife. Let your friends know, too. We all learn how to drink out of a cup when we’re toddlers, after all! If you go to a fast food restaurant (which is also not sustainable) you don’t need a straw there, either, since you should be bringing your own beverage in a reusable bottle.

This is truly horrifying to watch but it happens all the time. This turtle has a straw stuck in her nose. She cried when it was removed. They released her back into the ocean, but it is horribly traumatic.