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RIP, Plastic Drinking Straw

Posted On: Oct 22, 2018   |   Posted By: Imbibe Magazine

RIP, Plastic Drinking Straw

Last rites were delivered this past summer for the plastic drinking straw. It was approximately 60 years old and is survived by its mother, the paper drinking straw, and its great-great-grandfather, the silver drinking tube.
An autopsy determined that the cause of its demise was a sudden overdose of social media focusing on the straw's environmental detriments. This was compounded by a general groundswell of discontent with the very notion of the disposable straw, which is light enough to blow across beaches and into the sea, yet too light to effectively recycle. The coup de grace was delivered by Kim Kardashian , who announced to her 115 million Instagram followers that she would henceforth forgo all plastic straws.
Over the past year, the straw has been exiled from many places, including the cities of Seattle and San Francisco , Buckingham Palace , American Airlines flights , and Starbucks, which announced replacement “strawless lids” for cold drinks, along with plans to eliminate plastic straws by 2020 ,...

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