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  • prezbuckyprezbucky 4323 replies11 threads Senior Member
    you don't mean the straw wrappers, right? ;-)
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  • makemesmartmakemesmart 1753 replies14 threads Senior Member
    we always ask for ceramic mugs while drinking coffee. Even the paper cups have plastic linings I am guessing, otherwise how can paper not leaking hot coffee?
    It is really true that convenience is killing us/our planet slowly but surely. Who would think Keurig coffee is a good idea?! I don’t even want to think how much plastic we are generating by using k-cup!!! And why would anyone want to have hot water pure over plastic and then drink that hot liquid?
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  • doschicosdoschicos 22998 replies240 threads Senior Member
    Nope. A straw made from paper just like back in the day except they make them much sturdier now so they don't get soggy.

    https://www.papermart.com/paper-straws/id=78262
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  • doschicosdoschicos 22998 replies240 threads Senior Member
    National Geographic's Instragram feed today is all about the global plastic waste crisis. Sobering.
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  • eyemamomeyemamom 5428 replies79 threads Senior Member
    I don’t use straws at home. I don’t not use them out. I worked in bars and restaurants in my day and I know the rims of glasses aren’t spic and span.
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  • TatinGTatinG 6610 replies116 threads Senior Member
    I don't get the Keurig fascination either. It's expensive, you can't make a whole pot and all that plastic?

    I am currently drinking my coffee out of a plastic straw that I am reusing. My dentist recommended it for keeping teeth from staining.

    I know that hospitals and nursing homes must use straws for patients with facial paralysis or who have difficulty holding a cup. I don't know if they use paper or plastic. And plastic lids and straws on cups keep kids from spilling. So in some instances I see the need for straws.

    The problem seems to be littering of plastics rather than the plastics themselves. People are too lazy or too negligent to recycle the plastic. Instead they throw out the plastic on the beach or into the river.

    Mylar balloons should be banned also. I've seen them miles away from any town stuck in trees. I saw one in the wilderness of the Sierra. It must have drifted many miles. I was able to get to it and pick it up. But the ones I see stuck in trees were too high to reach. They are litter floating in air.
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  • PetraMCPetraMC 871 replies6 threads Member
    I'm with you on Mylar balloons, @TatinG. I pick them up after they have been washed up on the beach all the time. It's so dangerous for sea life.
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  • doschicosdoschicos 22998 replies240 threads Senior Member
    edited May 2018
    Plastic is hard to recycle in straw form which is part of the problem with straws.

    There are good alternatives to plastic straws for those who definitely need them. It's a matter of prioritizing and making a commitment to alternatives.

    A new restaurant opened in my area last week. We tried some takeout and I was happy to see that all the takeout containers were compostable and liners on items were plant based not petroleum based.


    +1 to both Mylar and Keurig.
    edited May 2018
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  • doschicosdoschicos 22998 replies240 threads Senior Member
    "The call to toss plastic straws out of our food system is growing louder and louder. On Thursday Bon Appétit, a large food service company, announced it is banning plastic straws in all 1,000 of its cafés in 33 states, including locations like AT&T Park, home of the San Francisco Giants. The company says it plans to complete its transition to paper straws by September 2019."

    "The movement to oust plastic straws has spread across the U.S., from Miami Beach, where straws are now banned, to Malibu, where the prohibition also extends to single-use plastic utensils and stirrers."

    https://www.npr.org/sections/thesalt/2018/05/31/615580695/last-straw-for-plastic-straws-cities-restaurants-move-to-toss-these-sippers
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  • MaterSMaterS 1839 replies51 threads Senior Member
    edited May 2018
    I don;t want to hijack the thread but I recently stayed in a Home2 Suites by Hilton. No mini plastic bottles of shampoo and body wash. Just the same thing you get at the gym. Press bottles in the shower. That's all you need in a hotel with a raring less than 3 to 4 stars. :-
    edited May 2018
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  • makemesmartmakemesmart 1753 replies14 threads Senior Member
    @MaterS
    I think getting rid of small plastic containers is a great thing and is long overdue. Though I have read about people complaining about using press bottles ...
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  • milee30milee30 2301 replies14 threads Senior Member
    I like the "press bottles" if you mean the wall dispensers that give you a squirt of liquid/gel so you just use what you need. And they're not confined to base level hotels, I've seen them in 4 and 5 star places as well.

    Although one thing I worry a little about is contamination. With those stupid little individual bottles at least you're fairly sure what's in there is for a single use - yours. With the wall dispensers, I'd think there might be issues over time with anything from mold (unseen or tough to clean) to people either purposefully or accidentally adding other stuff since it's easy enough to just pop the top off and pour/drop/spit in whatever you'd like...
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  • missbwith2boysmissbwith2boys 582 replies22 threads Member
    I recently picked up some reusable straws. Haven’t opened the package but I’ll put a few in my glove box this weekend.

    I also bought some silverware. Amazon had a bunch to choose from and I picked one that came in a cute neoprene pouch. The pieces are quite heavy duty but the spoon may be a bit big (perfect for soup but seems like overkill for applesauce or yogurt.) Also comes with chopsticks :)) Anyway, one set for work and two for be car. DH and I don’t eat at places that use plastic silverware that often but it would be good to just get in the habit.
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  • doschicosdoschicos 22998 replies240 threads Senior Member
    Back when I worked and often ate at my desk, I kept a set of real silverware in my desk drawer. So much better than plastic. I find it really awkward to eat with plastic utensils.
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  • HImomHImom 35147 replies396 threads Senior Member
    edited June 2018
    Sam’s Club sells very inexpensive stainless steel flatware, as does WalMart, Target, KMart, Costco and many other places. Garage sales and thrift stores have them very inexpensively as well.
    edited June 2018
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  • doschicosdoschicos 22998 replies240 threads Senior Member
    https://www.globalcitizen.org/en/content/vancouver-plastic-foam-ban/

    "The Vancouver City Council voted ...to ban the distribution of plastic straws and polystyrene foam cups and take-out containers beginning June 1, 2019.

    The City of Vancouver said it is the first city in Canada to implement such a ban, which is part of its Zero Waste 2040 strategy."


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  • ChumomChumom 169 replies1 threads Junior Member
    Reading this thread reminds me of something that happened to a friend many years ago. My H and I had a group of friends and we were all dancers. We loved going out Friday and Saturday nights to dance and we went to a variety of venues. Our friend became ill with hepatitis A and even though she recovered, she was ill for a long time. Her physician felt that she probably contracted the virus at one of the places where we danced. Specifically from drinking directly from a glass. Probably a worker who had Hep A and contaminated the glass. He suggested that if she was going to order a drink, always request a straw.
    I do recycle conscientiously and I applaud everyone on this thread who is trying to do away with plastic, but after this happened to my friend, I always ask for a straw if I’m drinking from glass.
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  • TatinGTatinG 6610 replies116 threads Senior Member
    Wow. I'd never heard of that before. Good to know. I have read that the glasses in hotel rooms are not taken to the kitchen to be washed in a dishwasher. The maid just rinses them out in the bathroom sink. (Per Peter Greenberg, the travel expert). Yuck.

    So the cheaper motels that have the throwaway plastic cups wrapped in plastic are actually more sanitary.
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  • doschicosdoschicos 22998 replies240 threads Senior Member
    "Specifically from drinking directly from a glass. Probably a worker who had Hep A and contaminated the glass. "

    You can get Hep A from all kinds of things in a restaurant that aren't going to go away by using straws. I really don't think her physician can pinpoint where she contracted it unless those were the only places the woman went to ever. No restaurants, delis, fast food, prepared food from the supermarket, etc.?
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  • BunsenBurnerBunsenBurner 39786 replies472 threads Senior Member
    Hep A can be traced to a specific place if a worker at that place came down with it. Infectious disease specialists could have access to public health data tracking such information. It IS mandatory reportable in my state. So the matter was likely not where she got it but how - the mode of transmission.

    https://www.doh.wa.gov/ForPublicHealthandHealthcareProviders/NotifiableConditions/HepatitisA
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