Thursday, January 3, 2019

Is The End For Straws?

Did you know that on January 1, 2019 Washington, D.C joined a movement to remove plastic straws from use by banning plastic straws in restaurants and other service businesses. Restaurants, cities and airlines are part of a growing moving here in the US and abroad to phase out drinking straws. In fact the evening news featured a viral clip of a man assaulting a McDonald's employee for a straw.

What's behind this movement? A desire to reduce pollution and reduce harm to marine animals ingesting them as a perceived food source are among the reasons.

Is everyone pushing this movement? No, there are individuals with disabilities that depend on straws.

Sarah Gibbens, writer for National Geographic shared that in the U.S. alone, one estimate suggests 500 million straws are used every single day. One study published earlier this year estimated as many as 8.3 billion plastic straws pollute the world's beaches. What's the back story of the invention of straws? Read her entire post here.

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