Paper Straws: The Answer To Plastic Pollution?
Plastic straws have become public enemy number one over the last few
Videos and pictures of plastic waste have been shared around the globe and with the announcement that the Great Garbage Patch is larger than expected has sparked a global movement.
Although, so far in
Since the push to remove plastic straws from the food industry has gone mainstream, many have pushed back citing the need for “plastic” straws for people with disabilities, as the flexibility functions as the only option that allows them to drink.
However, that hasn’t stopped a large number of private companies, municipalities
Walt Disney Company, Starbucks,
New York City, CA - Alameda, Carmel, San Luis Obispo, Davis, Malibu, Manhattan Beach, Oakland, Richmond, and Berkeley, WA - Seattle and Edmonds, NJ – Monmouth Beach, FL – Miami Beach and Fort Myers
Hawaii, and California
What Do We Do Now?
Since we’re now beginning to establish
It’s time to implement feasible alternatives. Here they are:
- Paper, biodegradable paper, glass, and stainless steel/aluminum
Paper straws, although being the most common alternative so far is actually not an alternative at all.
It’s garbage too.
Unless specially made to be biodegradable, wax and thin plastic liners inside the paper straw render them garbage.
Biodegradable straws are still single-use, although not
The real winner in this conversation is the stainless steel/aluminum straws. They’re durable, washable, compact (some condense onto a keychain), and 100% recyclable once they reach the end of their life cycle. They are reasonably priced, come with a specialized cleaning tool, and can be customized with silicone tips for use with children.
What Does It All Mean
What started the movement calling for the “The end for the plastic drinking straws” was a video of a plastic straw being removed from a turtle’s nose.
The video reviewed the harsh realities of the global plastic waste problem as a whole and the negative human impact it has on our habitats.
Banning all plastic straws is only a
It may be a single small item, but it’s making an impact far beyond the cup.