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

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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