This new video by Reason TV, featuring Kristen Tate, explodes the myths that plastic straws pose a serious environmental threat:
The claim that Americans use 500 million plastic straws daily is based on a nine-year-old's school project.
Politicians took notice. Seattle recently banned plastic straws, and other places are considering similar bans.
Plastic pollution in the ocean is a real problem, but only about one percent of it comes from the U.S. Of that one percent, only a tiny fraction comes from plastic straws.
How can that be? Celebrities tell us Americans use 500 million plastic straws every day.
The 500 million number is repeatedly used by the media. But it comes from a nine-year-old's school project. The real number is much less—closer to 175 million.