England is talking about getting rid of plastic straws, and everyone is all over it. That’s fine! Straws are dumb, I think we can all agree. (Little umbrellas on the other hand, make your drink taste better.) Everyone wants to use the ‘Straws Suck!’ line. And it’s very clever! But let’s mix it up on them. Straws Blow! Ban them all!
But is this really the big issue?
I could be wrong about this, but I feel like there might be some bigger fish to fry.
Walk into a grocery store and take a glance down the drinks aisle. You can’t argue that this plastic is necessary. First, there must be a better kind of bottle (ie. glass) and second, there’s no reason any human would ever need to put these things into their body. It won’t do anything good. If you’re thirsty, go to the tap and get some water. That’s all you need! If your water is no good, get a nice purification system. Like the Berkey, for example. It’ll get that thirst taken care of! There must orders of magnitude more plastic waste from all these bottles, than from the straws.
In yesterday’s article, we uncovered a few issues where the EPA let us down. I guess we can add this to the list.
Also, what about all the plastic bags people put their vegetables in at the supermarket? The one I go to has banned plastic shopping bags, and they make you bring your own. But people still fill up those little bags with the green writing on them with each individual vegetable. What gives? Your vegetables can touch each other. It’s totally fine! Rinse them if you need to.
The EPA blew that one.
They also seem to be ok with people wearing plastic clothes and bed sheets. Whether you want to call them ‘polyester’ or ‘tech fabrics’ is up to you. Either way they are just crappy plastic, leaching into your body and out into the seas.
Thanks for nothing on that one, EPA.
But maybe the straws are just the beginning. A baby step to get us ready for the big ones. And, after all, EVERY GOOD DEED COUNTS! Let’s wait and see what England decides to do!