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Straws Suck, But That’s Their Job

Drinking the Starbucks Iced Latte just got a little more complicated

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   Seattle, Washington is known for its coffee, rainy climate, and (more recently) the origination of the straw ban. The ban went into effect on July 1, 2018, and it is slowly creeping its way across the United States. While straws may seem like an easy target due to their “unnecessity,” it ignores the population of people who actually need straws: the disabled. Some of the people with disabilities do not have the use of motor functions, making straws a requirement for drinking beverages. Plastic material in the straws is cheap, making them easily disposable, but they are hard enough that they cannot be easily bitten through, unlike some biodegradable options.

  Not to mention that straws account for only 0.025% of the 8 million tons of plastic. Straws should be regarded as “low-hanging fruit” and think items should be the target of an organized ban. One alternative to the straw-ban was making a sippy-cup-like lid. While this is theoretically a good idea, the lid itself is more unlikely to be recycled than the straws, which negates the entire purpose of the straw ban, and we are back at square one.

  Economically, the straw ban hurts some drink shops, such as boba stores, since they rely on plastic straws to enjoy their beverages. And the sippy-cup lids mentioned before? They are not cost-effective, making it more unlikely for shops to adopt it.



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