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Old 05-04-2019, 08:17 PM
 
Location: Montgomery County, PA
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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.
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Old 05-04-2019, 08:30 PM
 
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Buy reusable plastic straws?

I've had mine for years without a problem.
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Old Yesterday, 04:42 AM
 
Location: SE Florida
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Straws have become passe for me.
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Old Yesterday, 05:13 AM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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Doesn't bother me in the least: I have never been one who uses a straw that much. There are alternatives to the new straws you are referring to and although I am anything but an "save the world" type. I am concerned with all the non recyclable products we use.
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Old Yesterday, 05:32 AM
 
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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
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Old Yesterday, 06:34 AM
 
Location: Phoenix, AZ > Raleigh, NC
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Just tried them on a cruise. They didn't disintegrate. The 'mouth geek's was different. Took some getting used to, but it's no big deal.

The little plastic stirring 'straws ' in cocktails have been switched to thin wood sticks. I wonder how long it's gonna be before somebody starts shouting about killing trees for those?

Don't misinterpret my remarks. I'm with nmnita and not trying to "save the world." But I DO believe that every little bit helps the environment and rarely causes ANY harm. I do not consider a slight inconvenience harm. I do, however, get concerned when alternatives significantly increase costs, which will inevitably be passed down to consumers.
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Old Yesterday, 06:36 AM
 
Location: Phoenix, AZ > Raleigh, NC
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I'm also struggling to remember if I've seen those drinking straws in other countries as often as I see them in the US? Excluding fast food McDonald's type places, can anybody confirm that my memory is accurate?
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Old Yesterday, 10:18 AM
 
Location: Tucson Arizona
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My husband has become adamant about not using straws. But he comes home from the grocery store with half a dozen plastic bags because he doesn't want to bother with reusable bags.

Go figure.
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Old Yesterday, 11:49 AM
 
Location: Log "cabin" west of Bangor
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Doesn't bother me in the least: I have never been one who uses a straw that much. There are alternatives to the new straws you are referring to and although I am anything but an "save the world" type. I am concerned with all the non recyclable products we use.
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.
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Old Yesterday, 12:59 PM
 
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I don't really use straws much anymore. When I have used the newer paper straws, they haven't really bothered me much. I didn't find that they disintegrated, even after sitting in the drink for an extended period. Like JK said (or kind of said, I think there was an autocorrect error), they do have a different mouth feel. But not terribly offensive.
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