...in a land far, far away, I was a kid, a child, a small person. And I loved getting drinks and straws. Especially the ones that were crimped toward the top and bent this way and that. And do you know what those straws were made from? PAPER. That's right, bio-degradable paper. Not plastic, not stainless, not bamboo (which by the way, is biodegradable). Just plain old paper.
I prefer drinking cold liquids through straws, I don't like the cold on my teeth. I also prefer drinking any liquid while driving through straws, because I don't like tipping a container up in front of me while driving.
So, you know what I just did? I ordered 200 paper straws. Not sure what I'm going to do with the plastic ones I still have, but I won't trash 'em. I will keep a few of the paper ones in my car, the rest in the house. How long can they sit in a drink before they begin to unravel? I dunno, but I suppose I'll find out. And fairly quickly.
Just read an article by the mother of a special needs child who cannot drink from a cup or a glass, and can only drink from straws. She complained that the stand where she tried to buy a drink for her son had no straws due to the damage they cause turtles and other living things. She thinks her son is worth more than turtles, and I certainly will not argue.
And last night there was quite an article on the news about differently-abled people needing bendable straws in order to drink. I remember when paper straws were bendable, the hospitals were the first to use them, and then the diners caught on. Why can't we have bendable paper straws again?
And just about everyone, in this country at least, knows that plastic straws are going extinct. Instead of whining about it, why not find alternatives? Reusable or paper straws can be carried in a purse, a bag, a pocket, a pencil box, any number of things. There are glass straws, bamboo straws, stainless straws, and or paper straws. The reusable ones come with a tiny brush to clean them out. (Pipe cleaner on a stick?)
This is, after all, the only planet we have. Let's do what we can to save it. Living without plastic isn't easy and I try to use as little plastic as I can and reuse my plastic as much as possible, and or recycle it. I have a small dog. Puppy pads are plastic (he doesn't use them), dog poo bags are plastic (I do use those—recycled grocery bags). I'm trying to find an eco-friendly alternative—any ideas? (leaving it where he drops it is not viable).
Yes, the mother is correct, her son is more valuable than turtles. But turtles are valuable, too. They are an important part of our ecosystem. And without a healthy ecosystem, none of us will have to worry about our sons or our daughters or our dogs, cats, or turtles, as we'll all be dead. Or wish we were. After all, fish are ingesting plastic from the straws & other plastic debris, and what the fish ingest, eventually we ingest
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80% of all marine debris found in the ocean is land based, and 80-90% of the marine debris is made from plastic.--https://thelastplasticstraw.org/about-us/