OK. You know this one.
Plastic straws are a problem. Not recyclable. One of the top pieces of litter on the beach. End up in landfills. Gotta pull em' out of turtles noses.
500 million straws get used daily by Americans alone.
And yet…and yet! WHY ARE THERE STILL SO MANY IN USE? WHY IS THE TRASH BIN OUTSIDE MY SHOP LOADED WITH THEM? WHY DOES EVERY PICTURE OF AN ICED DRINK PROMININTLY FEATURE A STRAW?
Because my friends, we are weak and forgetful and too polite to remind the server.
Because, even with all that we know about its evil, vile, distructive, toxic nature, we still love them…can't live without them.
So, here are my suggestions.
Break up with it. You don't need it. You know it's no good for you and you will hate yourself in the morning. Try it one time…"No straw, thank you". Feels good.
Get yourself a glass or stainless steel straw and really, really, really use it. Carry it everywhere so you won't slip up. If you forget, use those lips and drink away.
Same goes for that stirrer. Use your reusable utensils that you promised to try. Remember them? They should be with you right now.
And nobody needs a stirrer in their glass of scotch. Nobody!