With few exceptions, outrights bans are unjustified.
So we won’t call for a ban on drinking straws here, even though Seattle just became the first U.S. city to do so.
Instead, we will urge some self enforcement and make this appeal: Have you reached for your final straw?
Plastic straws are a particular nuisance in the recycling world because they aren’t heavy enough to make it through industrial recycling sorters, according to the Strawless Ocean campaign, and can ruin an otherwise good load of recycling. They also can ruin marine wildlife, as the ocean often is their final resting place.
Now, they fill an obvious need for senior citizens, children and others with physical handicaps. They need straws because it can be difficult to raise a glass to their lips.
But the rest of us commonly consume liquids in this fashion and only use straws when one is made available, usually by a server at a restaurant or a fast-food worker operating the counter or drive-thru window.
Why not reject the straw and raise that glass instead? It’s a simple change that can seriously advance the cause of preserving the environment.