So last night, I went out to the movies. I purchased a diet cola at the concession stand, as one does if one feels like sipping a diet cola while watching a movie at the movie theatre.
I looked at the straw dispenser, and to my dismay, it contained colourful but opaque straws which looked unlike any I’ve ever encountered, and I realized when I took one that it was made of paper.
At least I had a straw – I’m fortunate to not live somewhere where such are now banned – but what the hey?
Weird texture and mouthfeel, and I feared if I didn’t drink my beverage fast enough, it would become soggy and lose its structural integrity, despite feeling far more solid than a plastic straw. If this gal’s account is accurate, it’s a legit fear:
Unfortunately, although these paper straws are cute, definitively so, they aren’t exactly practical.
You’ve been there: your super adorable paper straw looks cute in your drink initially but it slowly becomes gummy as you suck on it, and starts falling apart, distorting the drink’s flavor. Gross.
And I got to thinking, if we’re so concerned about ‘carbon footprints’ blah blah blah, is it really superior to kill trees to make paper straws than harvesting dead dinosaur remains to make plastic ones?