Straws??? These are a problem??? Really???

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So, here I am doing my research on all the plasticky things we use that we really don’t need.

And I’m on the Plastic Pollution Coalition’s website and they mention straws. Just Say No has a new campaign. It’s no longer for drugs (or maybe it still is, I don’t know). Now it’s also for plastic. Just say no to plastic. Just say no to straws. And I’m thinking – who uses straws? Well, apparently 500 million plastic straws are used daily in this country. Who knew?

Now you have to remember who’s writing this – the personal chef, the woman who doesn’t get take-out, who rarely visits a coffee or tea shop, so I’m a bit out of touch, and then I think – but wait! Summer’s coming on. And what do we love in summer?

Iced Everything!
Iced Coffee, Iced Tea, Smoothies, Iced Scary-Frothy Creamy-Topped Stuff that will give you two months worth of calories in one sitting – and everything has a straw in it!

It seems like such a little nothing. A teensy little straw. But it’s plastic and we are going through gazillions of them and then just throwing them out. And yet another plastic trash nightmare.

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So, if we must have a straw – because some drinks just are better with a straw, we have a few choices:

Glass Straws: Several companies make lovely glass straws. I’m probably going to get a cute glass straw with a gecko on it at some point.  Glass straws can break and must be cleaned well. All the companies that sell glass straws send you a cleaning brush with it.
Stainless Steel Straws: No worries about breaking these. But for me, I don’t like the taste of the metal. But I seem to be the only person I know that it bothers.
Compostable (paper) Straws: Available in an assortment of colors and designs.

You get to do the google search on this one. Have fun!

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