THE INFAMOUS TURTLE KILLER
Found in restaurants across the country, straws elevate the experience of having a cold beverage. They allow for more mobility when taking a sip. For ease of distribution, these simple contraptions are made out of plastic.
Alternatives to plastic straw have become more prevalent.
But do you even need a straw?
There are now dozens of restaurants that have banned plastic straws and replaced them with paper straws or other alternatives. Because of the growing awareness of how products like this affect marine life, reusable options have increased. Sustainable products and businesses are now a large niche.
There are different kinds of reusable straws. There are metal, glass, bamboo, and silicone straws, each having different pros and cons. There are foldable straws and collapsible straws to make them more portable. There are even different sizes of straws for different drinks like soda, milkshakes, or boba.
For those with disabilities, drinking from a straw is the only way they can consume their food. But the majority of people don't need straws to survive. Even if you don't have a reusable straw, you can still say no to getting one because you can drink directly from the cup. If you rarely use straws in general, you might not even need to purchase a reusable one if you're barely going to use it.
Want to know more?
Plastic straws: Which companies are banning them?, article by BBC
“No Plastic Straw, Please.”, article by Life Without Plastic
Which Reusable Straw is Right for You?, article by Going Zero Waste
THE 5 WORST ZERO WASTE PRODUCTS // products you don't need to buy, video by Gittemary Johansen, discussing when to avoid plastic-free straws