We’ve been covering that plastic straw story since the beginning. It’s been well established that plastic straws are pretty much the worst thing out there. They kill turtles and whatnot.
There has been a 97% consensus that they need to be done away with. And this is the beauty of unanimous agreement. When we all agree, we can get things done. (Sure, the 3% that choose to deny are out there, but we are getting better at identifying them and doing the right thing.)
Plastic straws. Almost all gone.
Plastic straws are basically a thing of the past. Nobody would be caught dead using one! Everywhere you go, you’re drinking through a paper straw. This is progress! And look how fast it happened! I trust you also followed our lead and shorted all plastic straw makers. We’ve pocketed literally billions by getting ahead of this trend! If you did too, DM me and let’s party!
A quick lesson on luck and timing in business
It wasn’t much more than a year ago I was talking to a young entrepreneur. She was in between projects and talking about her next move. Inspired by the ‘buy local’ stuff that’s been all the rage lately, she was looking into a new idea:
‘I’m thinking of a really clean, lean, simple business,’ she says. ‘Look at straws. There’s no reason straws need to be made overseas. All you need is a little extruding machine, and cubes or raw plastic. You barely need employees. You don’t need much space. Just set it up and you’re off to the races. Spit out thousands of straws a day, and there you go! Local straws!’
The logic was solid enough. I didn’t invest. I was never that into plastics. And boy was I lucky!
That opportunity is now toast! Who knows what you need to do to make paper straws. But I bet you can’t to it locally!
Don’t worry about the plastic cups
Back to the main story. Go to any food establishment now and you see people getting drinks (we’re addicted to drinks, for whatever reason) in plastic cups with paper straws. I know what you’re going to say: ‘What gives with the plastic cups? I thought plastic was bad and that we shouldn’t use it?’
The straws are taken care of. Plastic straws were bad. The cups are fine. The cups never hurt any turtles. Don’t worry about the cups.
AND LIGHTEN UP A BIT, WHILE YOU’RE AT IT! And stop being so predictable. That’s my advice. You’ll thank me later!
Save the whales!