Jake Melkun | @JakeBMelkun
4:00 PM EST, July 28, 2018
If you haven’t been able to tell recently, many major companies like Starbucks, Disney, and the Greene Turtle have all pledged to remove the usage of plastic straws from their restaurants. Other major cities in America such as Seattle, WA, Santa Barbara, CA, and Miami Beach, FL have completely banned plastic straws, and people could even face jail time for a violation of the new laws.
While many people on the left consider this to be a noble solution to help with the non-reusable plastics that end up in the oceans, these laws have many downsides.
Using Starbucks as an example, straw-free lids actually use more plastic than the plastic straws themselves. Other businesses like the Greene Turtle have switched to paper straws instead of plastic straws. Many people do not like the taste of these new straws. Customers have complained of the paper straws folding in and breaking mid-use, as well as an unpleasant feeling when being used.
People with disabilities
Many customers with disabilities could be put at a disadvantage at Starbucks and other places who have switched to lids that you can drink out of. Straws always made it easy for regular customers and customers who have trouble lifting up a drink, especially a hot drink.
These cities have far more to worry about
The city of San Francisco has homeless people literally defecating at City Hall. Santa Barbara has rampant homelessness. Seattle has some of the worst traffic and is extremely expensive to live there. Instead of fighting against the plastic straw why aren’t these cities fighting against these far more important issues?
The 500 million per day figure is wildly inaccurate, which was a guesstimate by a 9-year-old, and people do not take into account the fact that plastic straws are far more desirable to other alternatives. If these environmental justice warriors really want to save the planet, they should be fighting against the balloons (that cause far more sealife deaths than plastic straws) that Bill and Hillary Clinton seemed to have a fun time with at the Democratic National Convention in 2016.