Plastic straw pollution drawing global attention

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Municipalities around the world are increasingly cracking down on plastic pollution, especially single-use straws.

According to the National Park Services, Americans use about 500 million straws a day which works out to 1.5 straws a person every 24 hours, according to the Tampa Bay Times.

In the U.K., 8.5 billion plastic straws are used each year, according to the Telegraph.

Straws are difficult to recycle and usually end up in landfills or being incinerated, but they are increasingly clogging up waterways as well.

Cities worldwide are increasingly discouraging the use of straws with some even outright banning them. Others have vowed to phase out plastics over the next decades.
Plastic straw alternatives have also started to gain in popularity. They are made from materials like bamboo, metal, glass, paper, potato or corn paste.

RUNDOWN SHOWS:
1. People using single-use plastic straws
2. Straws end up in landfills, incinerators or waterways
3. Some cities have banned straws, while others are planning to in the future
4. Straws can be made with alternative materials

VOICEOVER (in English):
"Cities are increasingly cracking down on single-use plastic straws. Americans use about 500 million straws a day which works out to 1.5 straws a citizen every 24 hours.
In the U.K., 8.5 billion plastic straws are used each year."

"Straws are difficult to recycle and usually end up in landfills or being incinerated, but they are increasingly clogging up waterways and oceans as well."

"Cities worldwide are increasingly discouraging the use of straws with some even outright banning them. Others have vowed to phase out plastics over the next decades."
"Plastic straw alternatives have also started to gain in popularity. They are made from materials like bamboo, metal, glass, paper, potato or corn paste."

SOURCES: Tampa Bay Times, Telegraph
http://www.tampabay.com/news/environment/Plastic-straws-Everyone-uses-them-and-that-s-the-problem_166783992
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/business/2018/04/01/final-straw-drinking-plastic-way/