What Can People Do Right Now to Save Our Planet, A Tarot Card Reading

Cards I pulled for the question, what can we do now to Save Our Planet?

Recently I had the opportunity to sit down with Mayra of Solzana.com for a reading to discuss what is currently going on with the planet. The second question was what are we going to do with all the plastic?

What the cards show is that we have to take more action. Every single individual by changing their habits, that will help and also inspiring others. So by you doing something you are leading by example. Doing something will teach others that there is a better way of doing things.

Be leaders and good mentors to our kids. There are more kids being educated about what is going on with the environment and also opening their eyes to what is going on with society. So they have a better grasp of what is happening even at a younger age. It is our job to inspire that.

What can we do to improve things?

  • Don’t get straws
  • Don’t buy plastic water bottles
  • start a garden
  • Don’t buy from companies that use pesticides
  • Learn how to go back to old ways that were more self sufficient
  • Be more aware of our environment and saving animals because we are destroying their habitat.

The moon says that it is all going to happen naturally. Again leading by example. When purchasing something, how does this affect earth? It’s going to slowly happen but more people need to be vocal about it.

We need to keep our own government in check by continuing to hold our elected officials accountable. This is our society and we need to be leaders and spread the word.

Thanks Mayra so much for answering this question. I know many people are working on this issue and I feel more confident now that things will definitely turn around.

Valeria is a halth and wellness coach in Northern California. She’s happy that things are definitely turning around for humanity. Keep thinking positive and things will definitely turn around for the better.

Another Reading for Mother Earth, What about plastic?

Tarot Card Reading for Mother Earth, I pulled 3 cards for each question.

On August 14, 2019 I had the opportunity to sit down with Solzana.com and get a Tarot Card reading for Mother Earth. I really appreciate Solzana.com for doing this reading. The first question was, “What is Mother Earth trying to teach us?

The next question I asked was regarding the excessive amount of plastic that is currently filling up the landfills and the fact that other countries are no longer taking the plastic from the USA. There is already so much trash all over the oceans and in the landfills. There is no such place as away. What are we going to do about this plastic situation?

Cards I pulled for question about what to do with all the plastic on planet.

I picked 3 cards again and Mayra of Solzana.com indicated that there are going to be new individuals on earth that are going to be very enlightened and intellectual that are going to find and create new resources that will create resources that can be absorbed be the Mother Earth. These people will develop new products but what we have now we will have to deal with what we already have (there is a solution for this here). We will be victorious and they will be very passionate individuals and everyone will be rejoicing because this is a card of celebration. (PS here is the answer for plastic.)

Judgement is that it is what it is and we will have to deal with what’s already here. We will have to deal with this mess until it is cleaned up. It’s not just the plastic it’s the radiation from prior nuclear meltdowns. We have to live with this because it won’t disappear automatically. But it will come to an end. There will be new ideas but we have to deal with what we already have created. But it will come to an end.

This is something good to focus on. This is our beautiful world. Let’s clean it up because who likes a big mess?

There’s a lot of political things going on with plastic and it has to do with money and people that are greedy might hinder our progress. There are those people and it’s about the money but that’s why it’s going to take time before it can be removed from our products. But it will come to an end. But with the new people it will be more about having a healthy place to live.

Again I really want to thank SolzanaHealing.com for doing this reading. It was a great reading and There is still more questions to be answered. Stay tuned for the next question and answer. I highly recommend Solzana.com. She’s very kind and just makes you feel awesome!! Did you know she’s a Reiki Master too? Don’t be afraid to reach out and say hello. It costs nothing to say hi. Hellooooooo Beautiful!!!!

Valeria is a Health and Wellness coach in Northern California. She encourages everyone to follow their dreams and enjoy life. Forget the nonsense and focus on the beauty. She enjoys singing and dancing for pleasure. PS IF YOU CARE ABOUT THE EARTH, YOU’RE AN EARTH ANGEL. THANKS FOR CARING ABOUT OUR MOTHER!!

Tarot Reading For Mother Earth

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Solzana Healing did a reading for Mother Earth.

With everything that has been going on with the planet I felt like it was important to have a reading for Mother Earth to see how best to go about healing her. Recently I had the opportunity meet up with Mayra of Solzana Healing. I asked her if she would be willing to do a tarot reading for Mother Earth and if I could publish the reading here. She agreed right away.

The reading occurred on August 14, 2019 in Northern California. Mayra’s room where she does her readings is very beautiful with crystals and it has a very positive energy to it. The first thing she did was ask me to shuffle the tarot cards with the focus on Mother Earth. I just kept thinking positive loving thoughts towards Mother Earth.

Question 1: What is Mother Earth trying to tell us?

I picked 3 cards and handed them Face down to her. The first card was the 2 of Swords.

Mother Earth is showing that she is in the battle and it’s the battle between man and nature. Mother Earth is in a state of who’s going to win this battle and who is going to dictate my future. The Earth is waiting to see what society and government is going to do. We are fighting amongst each other. Mother Earth is waiting for that battle to end. People will open their eyes to this reality and it will awaken them to know they need to show more love to nature. People are going to awaken in a spiritual sense that this Earth is not just what you see but different dimensions. It will awaken us to be in tuned to Mother Earth because she is more than a material object but a spirit.

Ace of Cups represents the spirituality. It will awaken us to our origination such as the Ancient Maya and Inca’s to the Egyptians to where they were in touch with the balance of nature. To the Egyptians Earth Wind and Fire were all Gods. and they respected Mother Earth and we are going to awaken and things will adjust and decisions will be made based on taking care of Mother Earth because this is our home. You don’t pollute your own home. You take care of it because that’s where you live. Mother Earth will love us back and there will be balance.

The next card was the 2 of swords which means that there is a battle between man and nature and Mother Nature doesn’t know who is going to win. She has no power over what we decide.

But because there is an Ace Of Cups it means that it is a positive result and it is a new beginning. It’s going to be nourishing. Mother Earth will repair itself. (Valeria likes this.) This is the hope card.

The Hierophant the things that will help will be to have laws passed so we can manage it. We need to have laws put into place to manage the people. It’s going to be an international effort. There will be a decision made world wide so that we can really clean up Mother Earth.

There will be a great awakening and because we are opening ourselves to being more spiritual there will be more advances in technology. The children that will be born in this enlightened era will be and will come enlightened onto earth and the will be able to come up with new forms of technology that will not harm the earth.

Thanks baby for saving us!!

It’s either the children now or their children will be the enlightened group that will come and create all of the changes that will clean up Mother Earth.It is about enlightenment.

Valeria is a Health and Wellness Coach in Northern California. She’s following her dreams and encouraging others to do the same. When she’s not getting tarot readings, you can find her dancing through life.

Relájate Todo Estará Bien

Hay muchas personas que están muy preocupadas por el cambio climático, los incendios en California. Todo esto está asustando a la gente a lo grande ! yo era uno de ellos. Yo etaba tan asustada que compré un auto eléctrico,  puse energía solar en mi casa y también un calentador de agua solar.

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¿Por qué hice esto? Porque estoy haciendo todo lo posible para eliminar cero emisiones en nuestro medio ambiente. No es algo fácil de hacer y lo he estado haciendo gradualmente en los últimos años. Entonces, ¿qué hice para calmarme? Comencé a hacer investigación. Comencé a descubrir exactamente qué demonios está pasando.

¿De qué me di cuenta? Bueno, descubrí que Estados Unidos todavía está en el Acuerdo de París. Estados como California, Oregon y Washington y muchos otros todavía están en él. También muchas empresas, locales y naciones están todavía en el Acuerdo de París. En septiembre, revelaron la Nueva Economía del Clima en el Global Climate Action Summum. Me di cuenta de que hay tantas personas en todo el mundo que se están uniendo para frenar el cambio climático. De hecho, están invirtiendo $ 900 trillones para el año 2030 en infraestructura a nivel mundial. ¡Eso es enorme! Después de que descubrí esto pense que hay gente mucho más inteligente que yo trabajando en esto. Así que puedo relajarme y volver a solo comer sano.

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Entonces me di cuenta de que todo mi estrés era una completa pérdida de tiempo. Pero hay cosas que podemos hacer para ayudar a este esfuerzo. En esta lista Solo escribire un par de cosas y escogeré mas mas fáciles. Nada dificil porque a quien le gusta lo dificil?

1) Coma productos orgánicos locales (admítalo, esto es fácil).

2) Relájate y ve a pasear.

3) Prepare un poco de sopa de verduras e invite a un amigo a que venga y disfrute del guisado.

4) Únete a una organización de vida sostenible. OK esto podría ser difícil. Pero podrías si quieres. 🙂 Además, si puedes compartir el automóvil o comprar un automóvil eléctrico, híbrido, caminar, andar en bicicleta o correr, tome el transporte público. Pero si no puedes hacer eso, solo come una manzana y ve a la cama, calmate y piensa:

“Todo estará bien”.

Valerie es una entrenadora de salud y bienestar que vive en El Norte de California. Ella es una apasionada del planeta y es una defensora de aquellos que no tienen voz. . Cuando te curas a ti mismo, curas el planeta. Su nuevo mantra es Relájate y come algo de fruta.

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Valerie es una entrenadora de salud y bienestar que vive en El Norte de California. Ella es una apasionada del planeta y es una defensora de aquellos que no tienen voz. Como el planeta. Cuando te curas a ti mismo, curas el planeta. Su nuevo mantra es Relájate y come algo de fruta.

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Mi nombre es Johnny y conocí a Valeria en un recital de Navidad donde los dos interpretamos canciones de Navidad. Valeria me pidió que la grabara con su teléfono y desde allí construimos una amistad. Ella compartió su blog sobre salud y estado físico. Valeria me mostró su perrito Amber y salimos a pasear por donde recogíamos basura ocasionalmente. Hicimos esto porque ambos nos preocupábamos por el medio ambiente. Poco después compré una computadora portátil y ayudé a editar videos de YouTube para Valeria. Ella me envió sus videos de baile y yoga que necesitaban ser editados. Ambos nos ayudamos mutuamente con nuestro trabajo y enviamos comentarios sobre cómo mejorar nuestro trabajo.

Los dos somos mexicoamericanos y queremos compartir con los latinos del mundo un mensaje en español. La información que compartiremos ayudará a sanar el planeta. Queremos que nuestros hermanos y hermanas en América Latina sepan que todo estará bien. Nos preocupamos por ellos y están en nuestros pensamientos y oraciones.

Climate change and the 75% problem

Originally Published on GatesNotes.com on October 17, 2018 By Bill Gates

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Quick: Think of some inventions that help fight climate change.

What came to mind first? I bet you thought of solar panels and wind turbines. In my experience, that’s what people point to when they think about reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

They’re not wrong. Renewables are getting cheaper and many countries are committing to rely more on them and less on fossil fuels for their electricity needs. That’s good news, at least in places that get a lot of sunlight or wind. Everyone who cares about climate change should hope we continue to de-carbonize the way we generate electricity.

I wish that were enough to solve the problem. Unfortunately, it isn’t.

Making electricity is responsible for only 25% of all greenhouse gas emissions each year. So even if we could generate all the electricity we need without emitting a single molecule of greenhouse gases (which we’re a long way from doing), we would cut total emissions by just a quarter.

To prevent the worst effects of climate change, we need to get to zero net greenhouse gas emissions in every sector of the economy within 50 years—and as the IPCC recently found, we need to be on a path to doing it in the next 10 years. That means dealing with electricity, and the other 75% too.

Where do greenhouse gas emissions come from? I like to break it down into five main categories—what I call the grand challenges in stopping climate change:

  • Electricity (25%). Although there’s been progress in the renewable energy market, we still need more breakthroughs. For example, wind and solar need zero-carbon backup sources for windless days, long periods of cloudy weather, and nighttime. We also need to make the electric grid a lot more efficient so clean energy can be delivered where it’s needed, when it’s needed.
  • Agriculture (24%). Cattle are a huge source of methane; in fact, if they were a country, they would be the third-largest emitter of greenhouse gases! In addition, deforestation—clearing land for crops, for instance—removes trees that pull CO2 out of the air, and when the trees are burned, they release all their carbon back into the atmosphere.

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  • Manufacturing (21%). Look at the plastic, steel, and cement around you. All of it contributed to climate change. Making cement and steel requires lots of energy from fossil fuels, and it involves chemical reactions that release carbon as a byproduct. So even if we could make all the stuff we need with zero-carbon energy, we’d still need to deal with the byproducts.
  • Transportation (14%). Low-emission cars are great, but cars account for a little less than half of transportation-related emissions today—and that share will shrink in the future. More emissions come from airplanes, cargo ships, and trucks. Right now we don’t have practical zero-carbon options for any of these.
  • Buildings (6%). Do you live or work in a place with air conditioning? The refrigerant inside your AC unit is a greenhouse gas. In addition, it takes a lot of energy to run air conditioners, heaters, lights, and other appliances. Things like more-efficient windows and insulation would help. This area will be more important over the next few decades as the global population moves to cities. The world’s building stock will double in area by 2060. That’s like adding another New York City every month for 40 years.

(The final 10% is a sixth, miscellaneous category that includes things like the energy it takes to extract oil and gas.)

I think these grand challenges are a helpful way to think about climate change. They show how energy isn’t just what runs your house and your car. It’s core to nearly every part of your life: the food you eat, the clothes you wear, the home you live in, the products you use. To stop the planet from getting substantially warmer, we need breakthroughs in how we make things, grow food, and move people and goods—not just how we power our homes and cars.

These challenges are only getting more urgent. The world’s middle class has been growing at an unprecedented rate, and as you move up the income ladder, your carbon footprint expands. Instead of walking everywhere, you can afford a bicycle (which doesn’t use gas but is likely made with energy-intensive metal and gets to you via cargo ships and trucks that run on fossil fuels). Eventually you get a motorbike so you can travel farther from home to work a better job and afford to send your kids to school. Your family eats more eggs, meat, and dairy, so they get better nutrition. You’re in the market for a refrigerator, electric lights so your kids can study at night, and a sturdy home built with metal and concrete.

All of that new consumption translates into tangible improvements in people’s lives. It is good for the world overall—but it will be very bad for the climate, unless we find ways to do it without adding more greenhouse gases to the atmosphere.

This is undoubtedly a tough problem. It is not obvious what the big breakthroughs will look like. Most likely we will need several solutions to each challenge. That is why we need to invest in lots of research and development, across all five areas, now.

Fortunately, governments and the private sector are stepping up. Since the 2015 launch of Mission Innovation—two dozen governments that committed to doubling their spending on clean-energy R&D—the amount of funding available has gone up by more than $3 billion a year.

Personally, I’m part of a group of investors in a private fund called Breakthrough Energy Ventures (BEV), which is putting more than $1 billion into helping promising companies take great ideas from the lab to market at scale. We’re using the five grand challenges I mentioned above as the framework for our investments. Every idea we’re supporting is designed to solve one of them—and our mission is about to get a big boost from a new partnership in Europe.

We’re still working out the details, but here’s what I can tell you today: I’ll be in Brussels this week to sign an agreement between Breakthrough Energy and the European Commission. Our goal is to create a joint investment vehicle called Breakthrough Energy Europe, which will serve as a pilot fund investing in European companies working on the grand challenges. The partners will commit €100 million, half from the European Commission and half from BEV.

But this isn’t only about funding. We’re creating a new way of putting that money to work.

Because energy research can take years—even decades—to come to fruition, companies need patient investors who are willing to work with them over the long term. Governments could in theory provide that kind of investing, but in reality, they aren’t great at identifying promising companies and staying nimble to help those companies grow.

That’s where this partnership can shine. It allows the European Commission, which is funding cutting-edge research and development, to partner with investors who know how to build companies well. Because the fund will be privately managed, it can avoid some of the bureaucracy that slows things down and makes it hard to support new companies. We’ll have the resources to make a meaningful difference, and the flexibility to move quickly. That’s a rare combination.

I hope this partnership is just the beginning. We need many more like this one around the world.

Over the next year, I will be writing a series of TGN posts about each of the five challenges, focusing on some of the promising solutions I’m learning about. (In the meantime, I’ve posted a short, fun quiz about energy and climate. See if you can beat my score.) I’m inspired by the ingenious inventors who are tackling climate change and all the partners who are supporting their work. I can’t wait to share their progress with you.

The New Climate Economy

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While the Global Climate Action Summit ended yesterday.  But it actually united so many nations,cities and it ignited theThe New Climate Economy.  This is a short post about everything that you need to know about what’s coming so you can get ready.

This is an awesome time in our world.  All of the beautiful people coming together with one agenda in mind.  To heal our dear wonderful beautiful Mother Earth.

Thank you for all the beautiful people who made this possible.  You are an answer to many prayers and I will support and promote everything I can.  We are so intelligent and creative.  Let’s tap into all of the divine creativity within us all and may all people have a complete spiritual awakening.

Clean air, land and water are our right and future.  We can all come together in Unity and I do now feel that world peace is possible.

Now let’s just relax and celebrate all of these amazing victories.  Read about what’s happening here.

Valerie is a Health and Wellness Coach who loves Mother Earth.  She believes that as you heal yourself, you heal the planet.  To support Eco Friendly products, go here.Val_Red Curtain

 

Global Climate Action Summit Itinerary

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This is our beautiful home.  Let’s take care of it and we can.

Well I am doing a special posting to advise that the Global Climate Action Summit which is happening September 12-14 in San Francisco, CA.  This event is going to be so amazing for many reasons.  It’s bringing together leaders from 5 Continents.  This is not just some random event.  This is the event that is going to keep the United States in the Paris Agreement.  So it is a big deal.

Wait until you see the itinerary.  It is like looking at a crystal ball to what our future is going to be here on planet Earth.

Without further adieu, this is the link to the Global Climate Action Summit.  It has pictures of some the leaders that are making this event possible and scroll down to get the program.

Thank you and we can do this.  Let’s just be happy and celebrate that everything is going our way.  Remember your strength is in your joy.

Ciao,

Valerie

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The future of our planet is in our hands and we will make the right choices.  Because of all of us coming together as one.  OK we’ll just come together,  we don’t have to be one just yet.  It kind of sounds like a really big commitment.  How about we just text for now?

Top 6 Reasons Plogging is Awesome

What is Plogging?  It is jogging and picking up trash =Plogging.  We’ll get straight to the reasons.  We’ll count down like the Casey Casem Top 40.

6)  You’re outside getting fresh air.  Most people spend too much time inside.  But with Plogging you have to be outside to do it.  Otherwise, you’re just cleaning your house.  We all know being outside has many benefits from getting Vitamin D to Fresh air.  So get outside and Plog away.

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5) You find some pretty cool stuff.  I found $20 the other day just laying there waiting for me.  I haven’t checked to see if it’s counterfeit or not.  I also found an I Phone adapter, plastic bottles, cans which I recycle, a shirt that say, “Shut the Fuck Up.”  I mean what else do you need in life after you have this shirt?

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4)  You do get a work out.  When you start picking up trash, you can squat and lunge as you pick up trash.  Pretty soon you will begin to feel your legs getting a little tired.  So you definitely get a leg work out!!  (Make sure you use good form when you pick up trash.  Once you really get into it, you will want to invest in a grabber to give your legs a break.

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After she ties her shoes she can pick up some trash while she’s down there.

3)  It can be a social event.  I joined a group of Ploggers and met some really cool people.  Everyone is really nice and it’s a great way to meet new people.  There’s actually a group that also kayaks and picks up trash on Rivers and Lakes too.  So if you want to do that, there’s always that too.

2) Because you are doing something good, you suddenly begin to get really good luck.  You generate a lot of good Karma and good things just start coming to you.  This you will have to just try to see if it works.  If you’ve been a jerk lately, go Plogging and then quit being a jerk after that.

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1)The most important reason is that you are helping Mother Earth and all of the marine life.  You are also helping our planet to be cleaner and healthier thereby creating a healthy world and you can be the change you want to see in the world.

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So remember no matter where you are on the Planet.  You can do this and you will be recognized as an Official Earth Angel.  Mother Earth needs you now and all you have to do is commit to picking up 5 pieces of trash per day.

Valerie is a Health and Wellness Coach.  She lives in Northern California with her daughter and puppy.  She’s on a mission to share the news of how to be kind to Mother Earth.  The good thing is that as you Heal Yourself, You Heal The Planet.

Brain Damage from Drinking Water

Originally Published on HealthyLivingMagazine.us

Many of us routinely consume lead with accumulative neurological effect

Portrait of cute adorable newborn baby child Some 18 million Americans live in communities in violation of the law for lead and copper contamination, says Erik Olson, health program director at Natural Resources Defense Council. The NRDC report uses federal government estimates that 5% of all people living in the US are being exposed to unsafe levels of a heavy metal.

ARE YOU AT RISK?

The following map details populations served by community water systems with reported health-based violations of the lead and copper rule.

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SAFE LEVEL FALLACY
There is no safe level of chronic lead exposure, according to research; effects can become cumulative even if with low chronic exposures; however for purposes of a compromise between costs and public health, EPA has determined a “safe level” of 15 parts per billion (ppb) in drinking water. Levels lower than this will have negative reproductive and neurological effects.

EPA found more than 85% of the blood-lead in bottle-fed infants is from drinking baby formula made with lead-contaminated water.

Harvard University researchers analyzing data at a lead poisoning clinic in Boston discovered the primary source of lead in the bloodstreams of about 15% of the lead-poisoned infants treated at the clinic was from lead-tainted drinking water used to make babies’ formula. These babies will never recover from their neurologically damaged brains.

EPA says 560,000-plus children exceed the level of concern for blood-lead levels defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

And the Department of Health and Human Services says lead poisoning is the number one environmental threat to children.

WHAT TO DO

1. Check your water with a home lead test kit.

2. A rule of thumb for those who do not know the lead content of their water is to run the water 30 to 60 seconds (until temperature changes indicating that water is coming from outside) from each faucet that has not been used for several hours (Catch this water for plants or dish washing).

3. Never use water from the hot tap for making infant formula or cooking purposes, since the chances for lead contamination increase with the use of hot tap water. Distilled water from the tap however should be safer if not completely safe.

4. Distillation is considered to be highly efficient for the removal of lead from drinking water, besides eliminating chlorination by-products and arsenic (both linked with cancer). Waterwise distillers work overnight and are designed fit in with stylish kitchens.

56 Fed. Reg. 26,470, June 7, 1991. Shannon, M. and J. Graef, “Lead Intoxication in Infancy,” Pediatrics, vol. 89, no. 1, January 1992, pp. 87-90. M. Shannon and J. Graef, “Hazard of Lead in Infant Formula,” New England Journal of Medicine, vol. 326, no. 2, January 9, 1992, p. 137. EPA, Fact Sheet: National Primary Drinking Water, “National Primary Drinking Water Regulations for Lead and Copper,” May 1991. Plunkett, L. et al., “Differences Between Adults and Children Affecting Exposure Assessment,” Similarities and Differences Between Children and Adults: Implications for Risk Assessment, International Life Sciences Institute, 1992.
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Recycling Mystery: Plastic Straws

Originally Published on Earth911.com on January 24, 2018 By Trey Granger
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Generations of cold liquid drinkers have embraced the plastic straw as a way of limiting tooth pain, preventing mustache stains and making sure cocktails are properly stirred. But since most straws are designed to be single-use, the question needs to be asked: Are they recyclable?

Perhaps the bigger issue than how to recycle them is how to reduce their use. In the U.S., we use 500 million drinking straws each day, an average of 1.6 straws per person. As a point of reference, just over 500 million aluminum cans are consumed each day worldwide, meaning we churn through significantly more straws than cans, even though aluminum cans are the most valuable product you can recycle.

The straw recycling conundrum has gotten to a point that some municipalities are looking to either limit their use or eliminate them entirely. Seattle is in talks to ban straws this year, and California is proposing an opt-in law where they would only be provided if asked for by customers.

The Evolution of Straw Manufacturing

Believe it or not, straws have been around since 3000 B.C., when Sumerians used them to sip beer from jars. These straws were made of gold, but eventually rye grass was used, and then paper. Paper was the material of choice until the early 1960s, but plastic was found to be a more durable material, especially for new designs like bendy straws.

Today’s straws are made of polypropylene, a resin of plastic known by the number 5 in the resin identification code. Polypropylene itself is a highly recyclable plastic resin, commonly used in yogurt containers, bottle caps, toothbrushes and plastic utensils. But recyclers are usually cautious about the types of polypropylene they accept, and straws will rarely be accepted with other forms of polypropylene.

Case in point, Preserve operates the largest polypropylene recycling program in America: the Gimme 5 program. It will accept any polypropylene containers via mail or at Northeast Whole Foods locations, as well as plastic utensils, but straws are not accepted. The company even manufactures compostable paper straws to try and limit plastic waste.

At this time, Earth911 is unaware of any curbside recycling programs that accept plastic straws.

The Problem with Plastic Straw Disposal

So if you’re one of millions of Americans who is unable to recycle straws in a curbside program, you can just throw them away, right? Well, perhaps you’ve heard of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch currently floating off the coast of Hawaii.

Only plastics that float can be part of this plastic island, meaning plastic water bottles will likely sink (PETE resin doesn’t float), while caps and straws will float around and not biodegrade. So if you’re having lunch on the beach, it’s probably best to leave the straws at home.

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Here are some other things to consider when it comes to straw recycling:

  • Most straws are used in a restaurant setting, and it’s unlikely you are taking the straw home with you. That means you’re relying on either the restaurant to provide a recycling solution for its straws, or your office janitorial staff if you’re bringing a soda back to work.
  • If your curbside recycling program doesn’t take straws and you include them anyway, you are creating contamination that costs cities millions of dollars per year to remove. When in doubt, leave them out.
  • Straws are small and lightweight, meaning they will take up a negligible amount of space in a landfill. Many people use this thinking to justify using and throwing them away, but the waste will definitely add up.

Reduce and Reuse Straws

Since you can’t bank on recycling them, your best bet is to reduce straw use entirely. Unless you have sensitive teeth, tell the restaurant to hold the straw when you order drinks, or leave it in the paper wrapping so it can be used by another customer.

For those who have become accustomed to straws, buy a reusable one and bring it with you when you dine. Straws can be reused infinitely, and are manufactured to be dishwasher-safe.