We use plastic straws for something we all do every single day of our lives: drink.
These straws are as an easier way to drink, especially for people who can’t physically lift up a cup. I know every single one of us is thinking that these straws are going to be around forever, right? Well, sadly, we’re all thinking the wrong thing.
How would you all feel if I looked you in the eyes and told you cities are banning plastic straws? Now, your thought process and feelings may change to, “What the hell? Why?” Those are my thoughts, too: “Why? Why must they ban plastic straws?”
Does the government really think that a plastic straw ban is going to save the environment?
This ban definitely makes me mad. Why? Because there’s one population that’s going to suffer especially hard: people with disabilities There are a lot of people out there who have such limited mobility that they can’t independently lift a cup to drink. The only easy way for them to drink on their own is, well, hello, using a plastic straw! If this ban takes effect in all 50 states (knock on wood that it doesn’t), many disabled children and adults suffer. Do you really want that to happen? I sure don’t. These straws are convenient because they are bendable. If cities ban them, children and adults who have limited mobility (and their families) are screwed because there won’t be an easy way for them to drink. We shouldn’t take away anyone’s freedom to drink.
My heart breaks for all of these families; it really does.
What’s their alternative going to be if legislators take these straws away? Metal straws, so the child can struggle, and god forbid, break their teeth? I really wish that the government would have thought twice about how banning plastic straws would affect the disability community before they enacted this legislation. But nope, they banned plastic straws anyways. If you ask me, that’s a damn shame.
Something tells me that this ban is going to eventually become a domino effect, but let’s hope that I’m totally wrong. Many signs do say “If you would prefer a straw, ask your server.” The servers walked around with a metal container full of straws asking people if they wanted one. The straws aren’t banned from Pennsylvania yet, but who knows? In a matter of months, they may be. Thanks to the signs I’ve seen in restaurants when I travel, it looks like many states are well on their way to banning plastic straws.
The government’s straw ban plan sucks… literally.
I wish the government would’ve thought twice about how much the disabled community is going to suffer because of their lack of common sense. But, they really don’t care and have a heart for the disabled. If they did, they would stop the ban right here. I hope the government doesn’t make all of the rest of the states suffer. If they did, it would be a tough, painful loss of independence for many people in the disabled community. If legislators are thinking about banning straws from other states, I hope they think twice.
All we can do right now is have faith that this ban will not take effect in all 50 states. While we are waiting to see if that happens, I encourage you to stock up on as many plastic straws as you can, while you still can. This ban is scary, and we don’t know if it will spread.