The UN Environment Program has put up a news story about straws that contains some pretty fundamental mathematical illiteracy within it - not that one can expect much better from them.

https://www.unenvironment.org/news-a...plastic-straws

Exponential means doubling. Using it in reference to "daily" means that someone who uses one straw on Monday, uses two on Tuesday, four on Wednesday, eight on Thursday, sixteen on Friday and so forth.

Latin America wakes up to the problem of plastic straws

According to recent estimates, straws represent only 0.025% of the total volume of marine litter. Heavy fishing nets and devices account for a quarter of the total.

According to recent estimates, straws represent only 0.025% of the total volume of marine litter. Heavy fishing nets and devices account for a quarter of the total.

**But the amount of straws we consume in our daily lives is so huge that this number increases exponentially every day.**Exponential means doubling. Using it in reference to "daily" means that someone who uses one straw on Monday, uses two on Tuesday, four on Wednesday, eight on Thursday, sixteen on Friday and so forth.

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