In 2016, The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO) published studies that estimate, using trash collected on the U.S. coastlines during clean-ups over five years, that there are nearly 7.5 million plastic straws lying around America’s shorelines.
They then figure that means for the entire world there are between 437 million and 8.3 billion plastic straws on the world’s coastlines.
The figures on the right have been extracted from the Ocean Conservatory’s 2017 Report on their Coastal Cleanup that highlight some interesting, quantifiable statistics on the result of the usage of plastic straws.
Plastic straws were ranked at number 7 out of the top 10 items that were collected during the Coastal Cleanup in 2016.
The number of plastic straws collected in 2016 was estimated to be enough to create a structure 145 times the height of the New York One World Trade Center (145 x 541 m = 78,445 m)