It seems that there is a winner in this dire situation: the climate.
The natural straws are grown in the tropical wetlands of Vietnam and handpicked by local farmers.
"We are now seeing the effect of the outbreak on the environment,” an environmentalist says.
Of all the plastic that enters Earth’s oceans each year, just 1% has been observed floating on the surface.
Poor air quality varies by region, but some causes are climate-related beyond industrial or transport-linked emissions.
Much of “road dust” comes from our vehicle tires. Scientists say it's ending up as ocean plastic.