Can We Stop Using Paper Straws Now?

It’s time to be honest, paper straws are not saving the oceans.

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Why did we start using paper straws

Paper straws became the go-to solution to the recently abhorred plastic straw during the war on plastics. Many of us know that plastic is bad for our planet and a lot ends up in the ocean where it suffocates and poisons birds, orcas and everything in between.

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Why are we still using (paper) straws

Although they are a noble attempt to solve a part of a very complex and pressing issue, paper straws are a subpar solution to a problem that does not need to exist. The introduction of paper straws has been framed as a weapon in the fight against plastic straws, however many people seem to have forgotten that straws are not our enemy — or at least not the main one. Replacing plastic straws with a paper straw that does not work as well is not solving the issue at hand, and creates more waste than not using a straw at all.

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