Put down your plastic straws, group urges

The ancient Sumerians, in creating the first straw, probably rejoiced at their ingenuity. But thousands of years later, straws are made of plastic, and they pose a danger to marine life.

They have ended up in the noses of turtles, leading to, when humans intervene to help, painful removals. The animals often mistake plastic bags and straws for food, which can lead to blockages, infections and death.

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