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Paper straws are weird, and require dead trees instead of dead dinosaurs, so how are they more eco-friendly than plastic ones?

23 Aug

People like plastic straws. They like them better than paper straws or—the alternative favored by the environmental movement—no straw at all!

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?

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4 responses to “Paper straws are weird, and require dead trees instead of dead dinosaurs, so how are they more eco-friendly than plastic ones?

  1. Carnivore

    August 23, 2018 at 6:53 pm

    As a kid in the 60’s that’s all we had were paper straws. Don’t recall when plastic became more prevalent. However paper straws didn’t fall apart with pieces of paper mixing with the drink. They typically got soft as they got soaked and collapsed as one tried to take a sip.

     
    • Will S.

      August 23, 2018 at 7:02 pm

      Ah. I drank my pop fast enough that I didn’t have any troubles, but I wondered if I was slower if I might.

       

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