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The last straw

Hello again!
I know that I have not been very active and I am so sorry about that! I have been unplugged the last month. Literally! And it was a blessing…

Today I will be discussing straws. Straws are everywhere. From water cups offered by restaurants, to Starbucks, to Dunkin Donuts, to school cafeterias. This often makes it very difficult to resist them, but it is very important to do so. The problem with plastic straws is that just like other plastic items, one single straw can take hundreds of years to break down, and since straws are a single-use item, the impact can quickly add up.

Plastic cups of OJ with straws
Photo by Roman Kraft on Unsplash
While all this seems very grim, there are many solutions. For example, you can buy reusable glass straws from many great brands including Simply Straws (Link Here: https://simplystraws.com). With glass straws, you can still drink your beverage with a straw, but there is no added landfill, and it is more convenient than having to buy whole packages of straws every month or so. Another benefit is that those who are fastidious with their straws, can pick from many different designs, and you can even make your own! Finally, with these very rococo straws, you can feel more elegant than ever!
Photo by Monika Grabkowska on Unsplash

Another solution is biodegradable paper straws. These are great because with most brands you can even compost them! For those of you who read my last blog on composting, this is another benefit. These you can find anywhere, from Amazon.com to ecoproductsstore.com (Highly recommend the second one). Another perk of these that is different from the glass straws is that when you lose one of these, it is not as big of a deal, which can spare you from unneeded angst.

Cups with drinks and straws
Photo by Toa Heftiba on Unsplash
Finally, if the other options do not please you, then a simple ‘No, thank you’ will suffice! It is more cost-efficient and completely effortless. Just drink from your glass, you will live, I promise. At restaurants, café’s and even at home, it is so easy to switch to straw free.
woman sipping cup white sitting on window
Photo by Nik MacMillan on Unsplash
Thanks a lot for reading, and I hope that this has helped you to be more plastic free in your everyday life!
Mae Campbell,
ADVISOR, GEN Z ACQUISITION

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