Straws*. Are. Horrible.
They are totally unnecessary, and TOTALLY terrible for the environment. They are useless, we have our mouths to drink from, we don’t need them! Anyways, I could go on and on about this but I won’t. Hopefully you get the point (straws are bad).
Whenever I am out at a bar/restaurant, I always make sure to ask for my water or rum and seven-up (one of my favourite drinks) without a straw! Don’t be embarrassed to ask, you may feel weird asking at first, but FUCK it. You’re doing your part to help save the planet, and cut down on your plastic consumption, and screw anyone for judging you.
So far, every time I’ve made this request, I haven’t gotten any weird looks, and all the servers/bartenders have respected my request! And hopefully they think twice about just putting straws in everyones drink, and maybe they will start to ask for no straws in their drinks!
My mum and sister took part in an Earth Day clean up this year and my sis made a short video. It starts part-way through at the futile straw picking up part…
*There are some eco-friendly straws that aren’t terrible for the environment. You can purchase stainless steel or glass straws, and they typically come with a brush that you can use to clean them. There are also paper ones, however I dislike these because they are still single use and our society needs to steer away from single use-disposable items.