Small plastic dishes are the bane of our time. Some countries, for example, Georgia, have completely renounced their production. In many countries, in which it has not occurred yet, plastic dishes cost more than those made of recycled materials.
Statistics on plastic are terrible, and straws constitute the bulk of the production, as they are rather widespread and not marked with recycling codes. That's why seemingly harmless and customary things in fact cause severe damage. A simple solution is to avoid the use of straws when you go to a pub or decide to drink a glass of juice on the beach. If you are not ready to do it, you can add a metal or bamboo reusable straw to your eco-friendly kit mentioned above. By the same logic, you can ask not to close a lid while buying a coffee to go. Having your own vacuum mug is even better. In many countries it has become the norm, and you will even get a discount in some coffeehouses.