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Old Yesterday, 01:39 PM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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The straws don't even hold a candle to the millions of tons of unsold/returned products that go into landfills every day.

I don't use straws much. What bugs me more is that my state (ME) is enacting a ban on styrofoam containers. Take-out food/beverages are simply not going to remain warm anywhere near as long in any other sort of container.
totally agree with what you are saying and have thought about the ban ever since it was announced about a week ago. As for waste and straws: I agree there as well, but little steps will lead, hopefully bigger steps and anything is better than nothing.

BTW to those who say the paper ones do not work. You guys are not nearly as old as I am. I remember when we didn't use plastic for anything like straws
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Old Yesterday, 01:50 PM
 
Location: San Antonio/Houston
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I remember drinking straws made of wheat stem. They were just fine.
So, why not those? What's happening with the wheat stem now?
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Old Yesterday, 02:09 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles
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When I was in elementary school we got paper straws with our milk at lunch. If I close my eyes, I can still taste the paper. The tip would get soggy and we'd have to tear off about a half inch to get to some dry paper. I hope the new ones are better than that.
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Old Yesterday, 02:29 PM
 
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I like drinking my pop through a Red Vines with the ends bitten off. THAT'S the ultimate "sustainable" "environmentally friendly" straw.
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Old Yesterday, 02:54 PM
 
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Cool! Eat your straw! Of course the paper ones would have more fiber. Haha
And that reminds me, years ago Safeway Select were known for their (at the time considered) unusual flavors of soda pop, for example they had pineapple, kiwi strawberry, blue raspberry etc. and amongst them was "Red Twist", a red liquorice-flavored drink that was a not-entirely-convincing representation thereof. (Didn't stop me from drinking gallons of it in high school, but that's another story.) It's amazing what sucking it down with a Red Vines would do, though.
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Old Yesterday, 03:39 PM
 
Location: Upstate NY
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Have you tried the new sustainable straws? It begins to soften in 5 sips and feels downright gross after 5 min. I am not against trying something new but this is 2019. Can't they come up with something that doesn't disintegrate while you are using it.

Uh...they did. Plastic straws.

The paper ones are straight outta the 1950s and '60s. Yeah, paper straws were falling apart then, too.

Buy your own. Every "ban" produces a market and a business opportunity. We've gotten the wide milkshake straws, and they're great. I've also seen stainless steel straws, but the ones I've seen are narrow.

Go shopping.
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Old Yesterday, 05:40 PM
 
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When I was in elementary school we got paper straws with our milk at lunch. If I close my eyes, I can still taste the paper. The tip would get soggy and we'd have to tear off about a half inch to get to some dry paper. I hope the new ones are better than that.

I didn't use the straw. I opened the container and drank straight from it.
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Old Yesterday, 08:20 PM
 
Location: Podunk, IA
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I didn't use the straw. I opened the container and drank straight from it.
Me too.
I like soda in a glass bottle, poured into a glass with ice in it. Drink it with no straw.
But I usually just drink it straight out of an aluminum can.
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Old Yesterday, 09:39 PM
 
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I hope these same folks voting to eliminate plastic straws and Styrofoam trays aren't the same people that go to coffee shops every morning in a foam cup .. then drink bottled water out of plastic containers all day

I haven't tried these straws yet
Nope and nope. (I also can't remember the last time I've seen a coffee shop with foam cups anyway.)
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Old Today, 06:14 AM
 
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Nope and nope. (I also can't remember the last time I've seen a coffee shop with foam cups anyway.)
Dunkin Donuts and McDonalds both have foam cups....one place has a DD logo in pink/orange and the other place has a yellow letter M on the sign. Both usually have drive thrus and long lines. You should try them, they are pretty popular places.
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