We all know them – plastic straws – we see them in bars, restaurants, cafés and in our own homes – We see, use, throw. But do we truly need them? Lipstick lovers, as well as fans of icy drinks, may say ‘YES, we do’.
Really, there are a couple of positive aspects raising the demand for plastic straws:
- They are convenient
- They make your life easier
- They are cheap and easy to produce
- They are fun (imagine drinking a beer with a straw #ifyouknowyouknow)
Yet, there is a murky curtain that falls over this enjoyable item that adds value to so many social places: Plastic. In fact, the convenience that comes with the material’s durability of the single-use item displays an actual danger for our environment. Truly, plastic straws are not easy to recycle and degrade slowly. As a matter of fact, over 8.5 billion plastic straws are discarded every year. As it happens, they are even reported as being the 7th most collected waste item from coastal areas. Even though the product generally only makes up about 4-7 percent of the plastic waste, that is polluting our environment, it is still a topic of interest to the general public. Here, the main argument is about the understanding that straws are usually an add on and do not depict as necessity nor essentiality for social life. Because of that, governments all over the world started banning the distribution and sale of plastic straws. In fact, the ‘No Straw Movement’ already found hearing in countries across the globe. Realized through campaigns, as well as supported by several bars, cafés, and restaurants that are following the no straw-philosophy, the message spreads rapidly and increasingly.
As great as this sounds in theory, the actual and complete enforcement of this embargo is rather unrealistic. Even though most people could live without the gained convenience brought to them by a straw, people with disabilities lost an essential accessibility tool. Because of that, the market started to offer alternatives, like metal- and paper straws. Yet, with new products, new disadvantages evolve. Meanwhile, the paper straws moisten over time in your drink, the metal straws eventually resume a liquid’s temperature, which especially creates a danger for disabled people. For that reason, some governments are announcing exceptions concerning the new regulation which take medical- and accessibility reasons into account.
Overall, a ban of plastic straws does not intend to force people into a commonly desired perspective but rather encourages them to take action and consciously say no to straws. For this purpose, we at The Humble Co. strive to represent a true alternative to the commonly used plastic item to support this future-oriented perspective. Thus, our bamboo straw is not only re-usable but sustainable as well as 100% biodegradable and compostable.
DO LESS: less consumption, less waste, go Humble!
We cannot change that it takes 1000 years for plastic to decompose in our environment. What we can change is our personal consumption and purchasing power! #gohumblegivesmiles