Mbalo Brief – March 2019

In the past few months, many companies such as hotels, restaurants and coffee shops started switching from plastic straws to paper straws as a response to the public outcry demanding action against the continued use of plastic straws. Even though this small straw may not seem like a lot at first, when its usage is added up, plastic straws create a big problem for the environment. This is because it can take up to 200 years for plastic straws to
decompose and in most cases, they can’t be recycled. Thus, if plastic straws find their way into the ocean, they can be easily ingested by marine animals
and seabirds, which can lead to the death of these animals. Many other alternatives have been introduced such as corn, pasta, glass, papaya leaves and even seaweed straws. Although it will take a lot of time and effort to completely combat the use of plastic in general, this initiative is one step closer to a plastic-free world.

In this month’s issue of Mbalo Brief, our educational article is based on the manufacturing industry. Also included in this issue is our monthly crossword puzzle.

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