Skip to comments.#ThrowbackThursday: Embrace the Suck
Posted on 04/12/2018 7:39:30 AM PDT by NOBO2012
Silly me; I thought all the new, jazzy paper straws showing up everywhere from Ikea to Walmart were strictly a party fashion trend to help you coordinate your dinnerware with your beverage containers.
I should have known better; as it turns out its a sign that the sun is setting on the plastic straw, a commodity that has proved itself to be, like the plastic grocery bag, problematic, polluting and worthy of our shunning despite its inherent utility.
Apparently there is a world-wide effort afoot to remove these menacing instruments of the suck from public life. The movement started in Britain and moved to Australia before making landfall in California - the forerunner of all things good and holy in this country as we were told the other day. From California the bans will spread across the land, eventually vanquishing the evil, one-use plastic straw.
Of course you wont be able to switch to paper straws without proper instruction:
But I say why stop there? Why not require people to bring their own, reusable straw if they want to suck? They come in glass, stainless steel and bamboo, all washable and fully recyclable.
Some even come with their own cleaning implement and travel case!
Dont get me wrong: there was much to like about the old fashioned soda shops:
August at the Soda Fountain
But soggy, chewed up paper straws were not on the Top 10 list. Nevertheless, looks like this environmental train has left the station so my advice is to stock up on a life-time supply of the deadly plastic straws now, before they go the route of the incandescent lightbulb.
Posted from: MOTUS A.D.
Cute paper straws dissolve in milk and just are horrible. Ugh.
Is nothing sacred?!? d;^)
This means the end to juice boxes also I guess
Yep. You cant even get a good plastic straw these days. I know I’ve tried for months. Settled on a 50 pack of thick plastic re-usable ones that came with 2 scrub brushes.
Everyone that comes to my house wants a glass of tea with my new colorful swirly striped straws.
FYI- I also purchased 6 of the Stainless steel straws that work great, except, they do not give, AT ALL. So be careful when you first go to drink. If you bump your front teeth with a plastic straw, the plasticity absorbs the impact and you dont even realize you bump your teeth on the straw until you try one made out of steel. They dont give a micron when you bump them, plus they are metal and make all your fillings ‘sing’ upon impact.
Next.....Paper straws are causing the destruction of the forests.
the old fashioned wooden ones can be a vector for TB when reused even if cleaned. China had/has a big issue with this due to reuse of wooden chopsticks in some restraunts.
I vaguely recall a similar effort a dozen years or so ago regarding milk containers. The Libs were trying to get the plastic jugs replaced because those jugs were EEEEVIIILLLLLL. Soon, the ole paper/wax coated containers reappeared.
However, stores still sell most of their milk in plastic jugs.
But, with Libs, milk is also EEEVVVVIIIIILLLLLL from the cow to the glass and everything inbetween.
“You cant even get a good plastic straw these days.”
Dunkin Donuts still has them——and I grab a fistful every time I get an overpriced iced coffee.
I’m drinking out of a clear “plastic” cup made from corn and it is 100% compostable. Make straws out of that. Next problem?
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