Sunshine approved: bamboo straws + discount code!

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Thanks to everyone that participated in the bamboo straw set giveaway! The winner has been notified 🙂 If you missed your chance, I have a discount code for you that is good for 10% off your entire order!

Just use ‘HEYSUNSHINESISTER’ in your checkout (valid until 31st August 2017) on the web shop!

I am happy to notice that the use of straws in the Netherlands where I am currently based is super limited. Straws just aren’t really a thing. In Asia, however, people LOVE straws. For every plastic bottle of water you buy at any convenience store, you’ll get THREE straws! Wrapped in plastic! In a plastic bag to carry it all! I recently understood where these habits come from. In big Asian cities, people are OBSESSED with hygiene. Those surgeon masks they were in public? It’s not because of the pollution, like I always thought, but because of the fear of airborne diseases. Because let’s face it, a loose piece of material in front of your face isn’t exactly going to keep out the soot. Disposable cutlery? Easier and more hygienic. Toothpicks individually wrapped in plastic? God forbid somebody else’s hand brushed against it. Whatever happened to ‘what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger’?

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Okay. Thailand has a plastic straw problem. These were the number of straws given to us in a single day (a family of four since we were visiting my parents), even when repetitively asking for our drinks without a straw each time we ordered. Sometimes you forget to say it because you just don't expect a cafe to serve your drink in a takeaway cup when you're sitting in… At first I was at a complete loss of what to do, but I am now at a point where I am figuring out how to approach this in a smart way. It all comes down to education, and I realise it is often also a language barrier. What if I could design a little fold-out illustrated card that you can keep in your wallet? To show the cashier at Seven Eleven, or the Burmese waiter that neither knows the Thai or English word for 'straw'. Maybe that's an idea for my merit360 campaign! 💡 On the other hand, it would probably be more effective if we could introduce a 'straws on request' policy at all F&B establishments. It's the small things we do that will eventually lead to cleaner oceans. #braindump _ #thelaststraw #thestrawgle #marinepollution #plasticdebris #singleuseplastic #beachcleanup #take3 #saveourseas #marineconservation #marinebiologist #fortheoceans #merit360 #sdg14

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While I understand the convenience, straws suck. Literally. There aren’t any figures available for the amount used in Asia, but for the United States alone, the estimate sits at 500 million a day. An average of 1.6 per person! If we extrapolate this to a city like Bangkok, with a population of 14.5 million when you include the metropolitan area, this comes down to 23.2 million straws. Per day. In one city. That just blows my mind.

But we can do something. We can all form new habits. And carrying your own reusable straws make it a lot easier. Make it a habit to get them out of your bag before you order so you’ll remember to ask for a drink without a straw. Wave your reusable straw at the bartender, when they have only learnt to lip-read the drinks, but can’t hear your yelling. Together, we’ve got this. One reusable straw at a time!

Author: Eline