The current run of disposable plastic drinking straws is bad for the usual eco reasons, but the alternatives aren't so great for other reasons:
- Ryegrass straws tend to turn to mush in your drink and make everything taste like grass.
- Paper straws are reportedly making everything taste like paper.
Looks like whatever the alternative will be it'll have to be low cost, durable, eco friendly and not leave an aftertaste.
@rice reusable are a sane option but it's an issue for businesses built around the "hand beverage and forget" model. Which is why I'm pondering eco friendly disposable alternatives that won't suck (pardon the pun )
Maybe having reusable coffee cups that you can carry around yourself and having the coffee places fill it for you
Can't imagine anything of the sort ever becoming mainstream
But there's probably a couple biodegradable polymers that don't give much of an aftertaste
@rice actually I think it'd be possible to push the idea of people carrying personalized drinking cups to places on grounds of vanity / status, especially if the places promote these on that basis.
But that'll only work to reduce the use of disposable straws, not so much end it. So, yeah. Proper material/method need to be found.
@polychrome I was reading the other day that non plastic bags often take more resources than plastic, wouldn't be surprised if this is also the case for non plastic straws
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