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MrPotatoeHead wrote

I use reusable acrylic straws that last for years. Gummint can always force people to drink out of a cup by completely banning disposable straws. In that case people can bring their own straws.

Paper straws are destroyed too quickly by kids. So, going back to them is a bad idea, IMO. Wax coated paper doesn't degrade in landfills anyway.

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selver wrote

Alright everyone, throw your copies of Desert in the trash, crisis averted. The US is getting serious about this climate thing now.

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surreal wrote

there are many alternatives to throwaway plastic straws and most disabled people reuse medical straws that are way better than the cheap plastic ones.

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hewn wrote

the burden shouldn't be placed on disabled people to always bring their own straws to establishments (and constantly clean them), though.

also, are plastic straws really such an important priority in eliminating waste? it feels more like a visible & cheap green PR move to me, a way to seek customer approval without making changes in less consumer-visible areas (e.g. manufacturing & distribution) that would cost actual money to enact. but i haven't researched this particular issue.

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surreal wrote

yea ofc this is just ridiculous and hypocritical

disabled people shouldn't even have to worry about these easy to solve problems, the fact that this isn't the case it's disgusting

we should pretty much stop any plastic production and much more to have a chance at surviving

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hewn wrote

yeah, absolutely. bioplastics look like a promising alternative to oil-based plastics in applications where other materials won't do the trick (even if more research is needed), but there are so many items & containers that could easily be made of paper/metal/glass/fabric instead.