I Hate Paper Straws! There, I Said It…
Last night my girlfriend Samantha and I visited with some friends of mine at their house. Delicious food was had, drinks were made and fun was had by all. At one point in the night, while drinking a simple club soda in a cup with a plastic straw, I asked one the hosts why they decided to use the plastic ones instead of making the 2019 switch to paper straws like seemingly everyone is doing. I wasn't shaming my friends, I was genuinely curious. The host of the party didn't actually answer question. She gave me the old eye roll, followed by a raised eyebrow, a dirty look and her face screamed 'absolutely bleeping NOT!' without even saying a word. I had my answer.
In my house, my girlfriend Samantha already made the choice for us to start using paper straws. I know we needed to make the switch to paper over plastic, but I'd be lying if I told you that the 'drink experience' is so much less exciting with paper straws. I'm a plastic straw chewer...and you can't chew paper. In fact, when I use paper straws it feels like the dang thing is biodegrading in my mouth.
Look, I don't want sea turtles to get tangled up in plastic, their fate sealed by our selfishness. I too, want cleaner oceans, more breathable air, and to be a better living partner to other species. So I try to do my part; I recycle, I don't release balloons into the atmosphere, and I try to use as little amounts of plastic as possible.
But I'm completely consumed by guilt when I tell you that I really wish I didn't have to give up plastic straws. For one night anyway, I didn't.