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Comment Archives: Stories: Food+Drink: Features

Re: “Strawless Summer challenges Charleston bars and restaurants to give up plastic straws

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4wH878t78bw
this is a sea turtle with a straw in its nose and having it taken out.thi8s is why we shouldnt use straws.

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Posted by Andrea Tallent on June 21, 2017 at 12:47 PM

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What blows my mind is how few bars/restaurants actually throw all those bottles and cans in a recycling can instead of the trash when it seems like just about the easiest damn thing to do.

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Posted by Davis Moell on June 20, 2017 at 12:09 PM

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Here is my issue. Too often servers, bartenders and others are holding the glass / cup etc by the top / rim. I DON'T want to drink from a place where someone just had their hand. Just this weekend I watched our server grab two glass and hold them at the top as they filled them with our drinks. When the server got to the table I refused both glasses and asked for clean. I watched this happen again and again I refused and when asked what was wrong I explained. The server had an attitude for the next 15 minutes and being concerned about what may have been happening to our food we got up and left...

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Posted by Jeff Berryhill on June 20, 2017 at 10:05 AM

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The reason that the food & beverage industry switched from paper straws to plastic straws and will be reluctant to switch back is simple: costs. Plastic straws are much cheaper to produce, are more durable, hold up better in shipping and can more easily be wrapped in paper for sanitary purposes (a key factor in the F&B industry). The extra cost of paper straws may seem insignificant to consumers but in an industry where profit margin's tend to be very low and managers are judged on their ability to keep costs down, even a fraction of a penny per straw is important.
I am not writing this as a defense or excuse for sticking with plastic straws, just pointing out one of the realities that environmental groups face in trying to effect change. Personally, I would be more than happy to pay 5 or even 10 extra for a paper straw, which I would think would be way more than enough to cover the higher costs.
I also agree that restaurants should stop automatically handing out plastic straws. I rarely use them so often they remain on the table when I leave, but once they've been taken out of the caddy and given to a customer the restaurant will not reuse them. Truly senseless waste.

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Posted by CaptMalice on June 18, 2017 at 10:24 PM

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I find it perplexing to read about people's concern with dirty glasses yet they drink through that same dirty glass through a petroleum based plastic tube that leaches off all kinds of chemicals and hormone/endocrine disrupting chemicals. Perhaps they are not planning to have children. Think about it: a plastic straw is used for a few minutes in a drink but will last over 500 years in our environment. There is no away. Is that the legacy we want to leave to future generations? If only restaurants would serve straws upon request, only, not automatically - and the strars would be 100% biodegradable or reusable, like glass or stainless steel.

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Posted by Barb Roettger on June 18, 2017 at 9:28 PM

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Good for you, Charleston! I hope this movement catches on all around the country. I would have no problem using a paper straw at a bar or restaurant, because sometimes I just enjoy a straw. The few pennies extra to cover the cost are completely worth it because who doesn't like helping to save the planet whilst enjoying a summery cocktail?

At home I use metal straws. They're reasonably priced, much easier to clean than you might think, last forever, and feel delightful when your cold beverage passes through!

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Posted by nonni b on June 17, 2017 at 11:57 AM

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There are commercially available, environmentally degradable and biodegradabale plastics. They cost just slightly more than the regular materials. Back in the Eighties, I worked on a semi-commercial project to produce grades of polystyrene and polyethylene that disintegrate much faster than the regular product. In the nineties, reducing litter. I worked on a biodegradable commercial polymer. Both are available commercially. All it needs is a consumer willing to pay an extra 2-3% more for the product.

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Posted by Osman Aboul-Nasr on June 17, 2017 at 9:47 AM

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I try to avoid straws in general, and lately, whenever I use them I put a 'knot' in them and bend them, thinking the big chunk in the middle, and bent and less stiff, will keep them from doing more damage than necessary (just like slicing the plastic holders of a six pack of cans, same concept).

I'd like to mention a few things though. First of all, why can't this county recycle straws? That's almost insulting. Straws are plastic. Other plastics work why doesn't that one?

Second of all, none of this would be a problem had we just kept with paper straws like in the good old days. I prefer them anyways. Why the heck do we not use them anymore in favor of plastic ones? I get if they're in a drink for 1 hour they might get soggy, but in general they hold throughout the drink, and most people won't re-use them anyways, that's why they get thrown away. I really don't get the point of that.

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Posted by Theta Dude on June 17, 2017 at 12:32 AM

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let's back up to that cleanliness thing... the glass looks dirty so you don't want your lips to touch it, but if you have a straw you're willing to drink the liquid in the dirty glass???
..and Liberte, are you saying that Waffle House is dirty and unhealthy?

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Posted by Ima Oldman on June 15, 2017 at 7:38 PM

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Paper or plastic, sir?

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Posted by navyvet on June 15, 2017 at 5:24 PM

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This really stinks because those of us that use straws and know how to dispose of them correctly have to suffer. As much as I pay for drinks downtown Charleston, etc. I should be able to use a straw and not have to carry my own straws. Irresponsible people ruin it for everyone!

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Posted by USC#14eva on June 15, 2017 at 2:26 PM

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That's because people are pigs! We have issues like that here on the Outer Banks of North Carolina as well. These pigs leave their trash, plastic bags, cups, bottles, beer cans and bottles, Styrofoam plates and cups, cigarette butts, and even beach furniture on the beach for the ocean to wash away, the seagulls to eat and choke on, or the next beach goer to have to pick up. If they had any form of home training, they would pick up after themselves and learn how to use a trash can.

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Posted by Paul J. Gorzkowski on June 15, 2017 at 2:09 PM

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In the time spent writing this article, you could have simply looked up this:
https://www.amazon.com/Kikkerland-Biodegradable-Paper-Straws-Striped/dp/B004K8SSAC/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1497530855&sr=8-4&keywords=paper+straws

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Posted by navyvet on June 15, 2017 at 8:57 AM

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Yea. We live in Michigan but I use to live in Charleston. We always decline straws and plastic. This is a move in the responsible direction. Great Job!

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Posted by Diane Ferguson on June 15, 2017 at 8:29 AM

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Actually . . . . paper straws were the original straws (before there was such a thing as a plastic straw) and there's no reason we can't go back to them exclusively as they do bio-degrade. Problem solved.

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Posted by David Myers on June 15, 2017 at 4:42 AM

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" there has been a lot of times at restaurants esp places like waffle house "

If you were truly concerned about cleanliness and health, you wouldn't be eating at places like Waffle House.

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Posted by Ron Liberte on June 14, 2017 at 11:17 PM

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Now if we can get the smokers to quit throwing their cigarette butts on the ground, on the beach, or out of their vehicle window.

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Posted by Jonathan Anderegg on June 14, 2017 at 10:49 PM

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My issue is of cleanleness.. there has been a lot of times at restaurants esp places like waffle house where the drinking glasses looks cloudy or old and I do not want to put my lips on it. So I use a straw.

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Posted by Crystal Carney on June 14, 2017 at 10:16 PM

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There are now paper straws available, so maybe the challenge is to get restaurants to buy those instead!!!

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Posted by Carol Hammond on June 14, 2017 at 4:44 PM

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Oh, Mezcaliista, I'll be out of town on Tuesday! I WILL be with y'all in spirit though!

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Posted by newbattleaxe on June 14, 2017 at 3:42 PM
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