Have you ever thought about the disposable plastic straw in your drink at a restaurant? When you finish your meal and leave, what happens to the straw?
9-year-old Milo Cress started asking these questions when he noticed that restaurants usually gave him a disposable straw with each beverage. The straw was there even if he didn’t need or want it. Milo recycled a lot of his trash at home, but he was not able to recycle disposable straws. This seemed like a problem that needed some investigation.
From Milo’s research, he estimated that people in his country use over 500 million straws every day. That adds up to about 9,300 large busses full of disposable straws. Milo thought that added up to too much unnecessary trash in landfills!