Here’s Why You Might Not Get A Straw With Your Drink On Your Next Flight

Plastic is an incredible material. It basically lasts forever, and for some reason, we seem to love using it once and throwing it away. Now, airlines and hotels across the country are cracking down on single-use plastic straws.

How much trouble can a plastic straw really cause the environment? According to the National Park Service, Americans use 500 million straws daily. A huge amount of those straws end up in the ocean.

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In response, plenty of airlines are jumping on the no-plastic and no-straw bandwagon. United Airlines has already stopped offering straws on its flights, and is working to limit its use of other plastics.

American Airlines has started only serving straws upon request, and even then they are biodegradable and eco-friendly straws. Alaska Airlines is the most recent carrier to phase out single-use plastic. Its flights and lounges will be free of plastic beverage items by July 2018.