Friday, January 4, 2019

The Straw That Broke the Bay's Back?

If Brooke had a metal straw, she could protect herself
The Alliance for Chesapeake Bay pushes to ban plastic straws by pushing "green" alternatives: Six Alternatives to Plastic Straws
1. Reusable Metal Straws

Why use a plastic straw that you are just going to throw away, when you can use a metal straw for multiple uses? This is the kind of straw that you can form a bond with.
And a convenient weapon if you just happen to need one. Just plunge it into the enemies eyeball or heart.
2. Hay Straws

Ever wonder where the word for straw came from? Hay! Made from wheat production, hay straws are great substitutes to the plastic straw, because when you are done with them, they can be thrown into the compost bin and will break down naturally.
Swedish eco-criminals
Good girls use paper straws!
Has that nice "horsey" flavor. I've never seen a real piece of haw straw with a wide enough diameter to make a good straw, however. Also, makes you seem like a hayseed. NTTAWWT.
3. Paper Straws

Paper straws are not only biodegradable, but are also beneficial for restaurants or hosts that want to make their straws fun. Paper straws can come all different colors, themes, and sizes.
Yoga pants go with bamboo straws
I remember when there wasn't anything else, but they were replace by plastic for several reasons. And they make terrible weapons.
4. Compostable Straws

The compostable straw was a popular first substitute to the plastic straw because of its similar feel and look. While compostable straws are better for the environment because they are made from renewable material, if they are not properly disposed of they will end up in landfills or oceans where there is no oxygen or sunlight to properly decompose, thus having the same effect that plastic does. If you use these straws, don’t forget to throw them in the compost!
I don't remember who this is, but I want
to have a conversation with her about her
straw use. 
So what fraction of "compostable" straws actually get composted? I'll bet it's less than 10%. But they will at least rot away given geological time in a land fill.
5. Bamboo Straws

Bamboo straws are not only biodegradable, but they can also be reused. These straws are known for their durability. Bamboo is super sturdy and will hold up when drinking any type of liquid and will come out looking fresh and clean from the dishwasher.
But they have to be kind of thick walled, and they might absorb and start growing bacteria.

In June 2018 Malibu banned single use plastic. This prompted restaurants that wanted to keep straws to come up with creative ways to make a plastic-free straw. This is where we can find the creation of the the pasta straw (pastraw).
Now you're just being silly.

Wombat-socho has Rule Five Tuesday up at The Other McCain.

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