Tip 99 in #100days100ways
on a budget: the #reusablestraw
legislation taking effect in major cities across the country (including Seattle, Portland, and Washington, D.C.), the Straw Issue is currently vying for the title of Squeakiest Wheel in the Eco Zeitgeist.
While this is very exciting for anti-straw activists, it’s important to note that this conversation is fraught with controversy due to the inherent #ableism of a universal plastic straw ban.
Many folks in the #disabledcommunity
have come forward with articulate arguments in favor of the plastic straw as a tool they need in order to live their lives.
As for most problems both social and environmental, there’s no simple solution at hand. We must do something to keep the 500 million straws used every day by Americans alone out of the landfill, and we must also support people with health circumstances that restrict their ability to drink without a flexible, durable straw that is sterile and reliably accessible most anywhere.
In the meantime, those among us who have the privilege to be able to drink straw-free have options. There are many great choices available, including #bamboo, #stainlesssteel, #silicone
straws that fold up into a carrying case and hang off your keychain, and #glassstraws
(like my own, pictured here).
I’ve owned these glass straws for several years now, and they suit all my needs so far. They look delicate but are very sturdy, like the glass used in #Pyrex
bakeware. I’ve dropped them on the floor and they’ve never even chipped. I run them through the dishwasher on a regular basis.
When you #buylessbutbetter,
you end up saving money in the long run because you’re investing in something that is not designed to break right away (requiring replacement and therefore more of your #consumerdollars),
or worse, to become obsolete before the product’s lifetime is even remotely over (looking at you, #digitaltechnology).
Each of the aforementioned #naturalmaterials
has its virtues, and the right selection for you depends entirely on your needs.
More on #individualneeds,
and how they guide us as #consumers,
in a future blog post ✌🏻