CNN claims that Americans use 500 million straws per day.
Every day, Americans throw away 500 million plastic straws, enough to circle the Earth twice, or fill 125 school buses.
Did you know that each day we use 500 million straws--enough disposable straws to fill over 46,400 large school buses per year?
However, another article points out that this report was done by a then 9 year old via a phone survey
Eco-Cycle is unable to provide any data to back up this number, telling Reason that it was relying on the research of one Milo Cress. Cress—whose Be Straw Free Campaign is hosted on Eco-Cycle's website—tells Reason that he arrived at the 500 million straws a day figure from phone surveys he conducted of straw manufacturers in 2011, when he was just 9 years old.
This hardly seems scientific or reliable. Are there any other more reputable sources that can confirm if Americans use 500 million straws per day?