There’s a major problem with banning plastic straws — and it could alienate and endanger people with disabilities

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Proposed bans on plastic straws have gained momentum across the country.
Though it may be good for the environment, it can be bad in other ways.
Banning plastic straws places an enormous burden on people living with disabilities.
People with disabilities are speaking out on Twitter and in the media about why an all-out straw ban isn’t the answer.

From specific companies to entire cities, proposed bans on plastic straws have been making major headway.

According to an article from National Geographic earlier this year, Americans use 500 million plastic straws per day.

Though they’ve been a popular scapegoat as of late, plastic straws, however, do not make up a majority of plastic disposed of in the ocean, not even close, according to the same article. Many have pointed out the irony that the onus is being put on consumers to not waste plastic, but many brands and big corporations are polluting the environment without much consequence.

corporation: *bottlefeeding gas to dolphins* yall gotta stop using straws

— jaboukie young-white (@jaboukie) July 10, 2018

I support the straw ban and all the little ways companies choose to be environmentally friendly. I can also expect MORE and use my vote & voice to push corporations to care about our Earth. Supporting small changes and expecting bigger changes don’t have to be mutually exclusive.

— fluid desirer (@LivLafLasagna) July 11, 2018

Nonetheless, at least seven major companies, including Starbucks, and various cities and states have announced impending straw bans that will take hold in the near future. Although swearing off plastic straws is an easy way to decrease your carbon footprint, it isn’t a plausible solution for everybody.

Many people who live with physical disabilities rely on plastic straws daily, and …read more

Source:: Business Insider


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