I found this image shared on Facebook [Warning: image contains a bleeding turtle.] with the following text:
Your Straws Did NOT Do This
[image of turtle with foreign body in nostril]
Americans are being told we must risk our health with expensive, awkward reusable or paper straws. All because of this suffering turtle.
But in real life, this turtle was found near Costa Rica, not the US. And Costa Rica dumps its trash directly into rivers and the ocean.
The US never does that. It's been banned by Federal law for 45 years. Discard your straw in a normal trash receptical (sic), and turtles are safe.
10 Asian and African Rivers Generate 90% of Plastic Trash in the Ocean
Americans create almost none of the ocean's plastic.
The World Economic Forum makes a similar claim:
By analyzing the waste found in the rivers and surrounding landscape, researchers were able to estimate that just 10 river systems carry 90% of the plastic that ends up in the ocean.
While I can imagine that third-world countries might not have well-established waste disposal processes, 90% sounds exaggerated.