Plastic Straw Alternatives Aren’t As Sustainable

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Re: Plastic Straw Alternatives Aren’t As Sustainable

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Plastic Straw Alternatives Aren’t As Sustainable

by ritcha » Sun Dec 27, 2020 3:22 am


More and more people are pushing for the disposal of plastic straws, claiming that these single-use items are harming the world. Although the community of people with disabilities raised issues about the ban on the use of tubes and their dangers to people with disabilities, they were often ignored. However, as the straw ban continues to gain attention, it appears that paper straws are not "sustainable" as marketed out. In addition, the switch to paper straws has also become a burden on people with disabilities.

Today, people are beginning to realize that trash ends up in the ocean and harms wildlife. Plastic pollution is a big and growing problem. But the straws are just a tiny fraction of the plastic waste in the ocean. Studies show that cigarette butts, bottle caps and bottles are the most common type of plastic waste found in oceans and landfills around the world. A 2018 report found that plastic straws account for just 0.03 percent of eight million tons of plastic waste each year. However, instead of just focusing on the straws, you should pay attention to the amount of waste generated each week. Ideally, you should reduce the amount of waste you use. Especially the America's recycling system is very busy. Single-use paper straws are not always biodegradable as expected, although they are regarded as better for the environment than plastic. More than sixty million tons of biodegradable materials, such as food waste, corrugated paper (such as paper straws), leaves and grass, are still being sent to landfills. In addition, paper straws are about ten times more valuable than plastic ones. Paper straws are worth 2.5 cents, while plastic straws are worth half a cents. But much of this information is not new, lawyers in the disabled community have repeatedly explained the sustainability of plastic straws, which oppose the straw ban and its potentially lethal risk. For example, metal tubes are at risk of injury. Paper straws might get stuck on the throat. Bamboo and corn straws may not be safe for people with allergies. And other reusable straws can be expensive or too difficult to clean. Plastic straws may not be a luxury, but they are a lifesaver for people with disabilities.They are easy, convenient and accessible, while others don't.

Many companies switch to paper straws without assessing the long-term effects on people with disabilities or the environment. The paper straws McDonald's switched to last summer finally lay in the trash. Focusing on straws instead of high amounts of other plastic products is a futile act and hurts people with disabilities who still want to use them. Instead of launching a marketing activity on the ban on tubes, companies should include issues about people with disabilities in their conversations. Listening to the disabled community about the ban on plastic straws is not just an option, it should be a top priority.

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