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Grasping at Straws: Reusable straws trend may raise awareness but won’t make lasting impact in the greater scheme of environmental issues

Grasping at Straws: Reusable straws trend may raise awareness but won’t make lasting impact in the greater scheme of environmental issues

Da-Hyun Hong

September 20, 2019

I don’t own a reusable straw; please don’t shun me. When the video of a plastic straw being pulled out of a turtle’s nose went viral on social media, using metal straws became a trend. More and more videos of YouTubers, Instagram Influencers and TikTok users sticking their collapsing reusable stra...

Grasping at Straws: Reusable straw movement sparks good conversation about plastic consumption, encourages mindful changes to reduce waste

Grasping at Straws: Reusable straw movement sparks good conversation about plastic consumption, encourages mindful changes to reduce waste

Rhea Acharya

September 20, 2019

I am the proud owner of metal straws—six of them to be exact. My family keeps the set in our car, and whenever we go somewhere we try to use it instead of plastic alternatives. In case we forget to bring them, we simply don’t use a straw and drink straight from the container. It’s really not t...