Sorry for the gap in between posts!
This week I wanted to write about disposable straws.
I went to the cinema recently (we saw the Lego movie, it was great!), and I noticed that when we bought tickets and drinks they had a pot of plastic straws on the counter, all in their own individual clear plastic wrappers, for you to pick up for your coke/pepsi/whatever. With the disposable cups they give you for drinks, I can understand that you’ll need a straw – particularly if you’re going to be drinking it in the dark in the cinema!
But it’s so frustrating to see that all these straws are going to be used once, then abandoned in the cinema and thrown away destined for the landfill after one use. I don’t tend to use straws at home – I don’t really feel the need to – and I think that this approach should be one that we take with us when we go out anywhere. Think about refusing a straw in a cafe or restaurant: do you really need one?
If you like using straws, and don’t want to stop entirely, then I would recommend buying yourself a reusable one. Popular examples include those made of more durable plastic, stainless steel, or glass. Your choice will depend on whether you want to give up the plastic option entirely, of course.
Personally, I think that, although a reusable plastic straw might not be the most environmentally friendly choice, if you’re going to go for one of these rather than using disposable ones, then this can only be for the better, as it does reduce the amount of plastic thrown away overall. (This goes for many other things too, such as reusable plastic bags, plastic lunchboxes or containers, reusable plastic bottles).
I’m not going to provide you with any suggestions for where to buy reusable plastic straws as I’m sure you can find them anywhere! If you’re after a stainless steel or glass straw, though, check out Eco-Straws, these stainless steel straws from Fishpond.co.uk or A Fine Choice (who also sell reusable lunch bags, sandwich wraps, water bottles and other things).