It is Friday and Fridays are for fun, and today is Friday the 13th. Plastic drinking straws are probably not good for the environment. We use a lot of them and some big companies like Starbucks have decided to discontinue their use.
During my holiday shopping adventures, I noticed alternatives to the plastic disposal drinking straw being sold in stores everywhere. They come in cardboard, plastic, and metal.
My husband and I went out for lunch earlier this week and we were given ice water and asked if we wanted a staw.
I have pretty much quit plastic when I have a choice. I can do that because this is America. 🙂
In fact, I can drink ice water without a straw of any kind. I am that talented. Cardboard straws don’t appeal to me at all and washing out a straw for re-use doesn’t appeal to me either.
A plastic straw is used for a few minutes and then discarded, and take up to 200 years to degrade, but will never fully biodegrade. That was all I needed to know to stop using them.
Giving up straws doesn’t seem like a hardship at all. I gave up buying any kind of beverage that comes in or is served in a plastic bottle or cup, giving up straws is even easier.