Even those of you who live in the most land-locked of land-locked areas have seen headlines about cities and states enacting bans on the use or sale of plastic bags, straws, and other types of plastic. I know you have, don’t try to say you haven’t. You may find yourself wondering about the reasoning behind these actions - if they are really worth it or going to accomplish anything. Worry not, I am here to break it down for you! (I am in no way affiliated with any of the groups or products mentioned in this post with the exception of the stainless steel straws that I carry in the store.)
1. It’s sooo hard to remember to bring reusable bags into the store
In today’s day and age we as people move fast and have too much to remember, there’s no doubt about it. You’re running into the grocery store already thinking about the next thing on your list after you pick up your groceries when you see the display of reusable bags and think to yourself, “Darn! I forgot my bags in the car again!”
News Flash! Your car is not that far away! You don’t have any items in your hands yet! If you just ran into the store at top speed, you can run right back to your car and grab those bags (unless you can’t run or move easily, in which case no offense meant) and it will not kill you. In fact, those 100 extra steps might burn you enough extra calories to justify picking up something for dessert. Use less plastic, get dessert. That really sounds like a win-win situation to me. But do you know who really wins in that scenario? The sea turtle who won’t choke to death on the plastic bag that can’t end up in the ocean if you don’t use it.
2. Paper straws get all mushy when they’ve been in a drink too long
I’m going to level with you: I REALLY hate paper straws. I really hate them. I actually hate them for the exact reason listed above. There is no first-world-problem worse than taking a drink of your smoothie and getting a mouth full of soggy paper. I live in an area that has banned the use and sale of plastic straws by businesses, and I have experienced this soggy paper conundrum many times, but I have good news for you. There are more straw options besides paper and plastic!
Stainless Steel Straws
You would not believe the world that opens up when you google those three words. You can get them angled, you can get them straight! You can get them in your basic silver, or you can get them in a rainbow! You can get cases! You can get them with spoons on the bottom for slushies! They come with cleaners! You can get them in packs to share with all your friends! I’m very excited that soon I will have these in stock in multiple colors, if you sign up for emails I can let you know when they arrive.
These straws from Allyooly come in packs of 4 (with a different color for each straw, or all white) and are available in 8 and 10 inch lengths. They are collapsible, compatible, transportable, and clean-able with the included straw cleaner. These fit easily in a purse and the case keeps them from getting dirty when they inevitably sink do the bottom as soon as you put them on the top, because thats how purse physics work. These may be a better option for tiny humans because there is no risk of them jamming into the roofs of their little mouths (like with hard and stiff plastic straws).
No Straw At All
This is really an option, everybody. (With the exception of those who have handicaps that can’t drink straight from a glass, I’m not forgetting about you). My best friend does this. When you order a drink from a restaurant say, “And I would like no straw please. Please do not bring me a straw.”
3. What about the people who have invested in companies that produce plastic products?
In my humble opinion, find something else to invest in. Pick something forward thinking. Learn what Bitcoin is (and then please explain it to me because I’m lost). Get out of the plastic game while the getting is good, because much like the Titanic, that ship is sinking.
4. Biodegradable 6-pack rings get soggy when wet
Get your beer in a cooler faster? A yeti or an igloo, not a styrofoam one for god’s sake.
5. How can you send sandwiches to school with kids without plastic sandwich bags?
Boy, do I have a product for you. These silicone bags are temperature resistant, microwave and dishwasher safe, and can be used in steamers, freezers, and refrigerators. The internet is a glorious place with all kinds of options for reusable products, but these are the ones that my mother swears by, and everyone knows that mother knows best. Especially my mom. She collects plastic along a 2 mile stretch of beach every morning so she really does win.
I’m sure by now you have grabbed the point that the reason this world has such a problem with trash and pollution is because we are lazy and not willing to take one more step every now and then to do more to save the planet. The bright side is that it is EASY to make these changes in your life and once it becomes a habit you won’t even remember what it was like to buy a new box of plastic bags once a week (but you’ll sure be thankful you don’t have to)!