Cook: It's time to ditch plastic straws

In this photo taken May 28, 2018, Ram Nath, 40, who makes a living from recycling trash, rummages for plastic bottles and other reusable trash while rowing a makeshift boat through murky waters of Yamuna, India's sacred river that flows through the capital of New Delhi. India produces more than 68 million tons of trash every day. More than 17,000 tons of it is plastic. That requires immense dumps, which in cities like New Delhi, mean hills of stinking trash up to 50 meters tall. Last year, two people were killed when a large part of one of the city's dumps crashed down onto them. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri)

Earlier this week, for a few glorious hours, I was like Kim Kardashian.

Plastic-free.

"Plastic Emergency," the TV socialite tweeted, before later adding that she, like a growing number of cities and towns, was giving up plastic straws.

Inspired, I, too, made a personal pledge: no more straws.

photo A plastic tub is pulled from the water Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2016 in the Tennessee River Gorge in Marion County Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2016. Some Tennessee Aquarium and Clean Harbors staff members spent part of the afternoon on the water picking up trash in advance of the Tennessee River Rescue, which takes place Saturday.

Why?

Because - I can't believe I'm saying this - Kardashian is right: we're facing an emergency.

"We made plastic.