Walmart sells metal straws, four in a pack along with a cleaning brush, for somewhere around $3.98. Better grab a few packs before plastic straws are banned in the U.S., too.
When I was growing up, soda fountains used paper straws, which did the job just fine. It’s not clear that people have a special affection for plastic straws and other small plastic throwaways.
As to plastic utensils of one kind or another, I avoid using them as much as possible, but when I do use them I wash and reuse them. When I walk into the woods every evening to set out food and water for my foxes, I see a lot of plastic litter, mostly soft drink and water bottles. The EU doesn’t seem to have a plan to deal with plastic bottles.
You’ll understand why folks might think about supporting this move if you watch the two-minute video embedded below that shows a sea turtle injured by a straw stuck in it’s nostril.
BRUSSELS — The European Union has proposed banning plastic products like cotton buds, straws, stirs and balloon sticks when alternatives are easily available in an attempt to reduce litter spoiling beaches and ocean beds.