Plastic Straws Have Drawn the Ire of America’s Environmental Stewards

The Denver Post’s Editorial Board Article: “Yes, plastic straws are really that bad” states that:

> Plastic straws have drawn the ire of America’s environmental stewards for good reason.

Single-use disposable plastic goods are a serious problem for environments & communities all across the world. In fact, there is little area left in this world where plastics have not found a home. Our jungles, rivers, oceans, etc. are plastered with it and convenience plastic is high on the list of troubling waste.

The Denver Post reminds us that that reducing plastics is a difficult task that goes beyond individuals own responsibility:

> Aspen, Crested Butte and Vail feel that’s the case. Those communities have implemented 10 to 20-cent fees for disposable bags. Denver proposed a 5-cent fee in 2013 that this board supported.

While some of the mandatory compliance initiatives have curbed social behavior the Denver Post condones a different approach:

> Far better than using a stick for good behavior would be voluntary compliance because of an understanding of the issue. If we market bans and fees as a simple solution, widespread change in behavior will be less likely to occur.

The main issue with curbing people’s use of single-use plastics is the convenience behavior we exhibit when using them. Making the plastics no longer available is an option, just like imposing fines, but what about just playing to the behavior and making the single-use objects out of something biodegradable and not plastic?

Reality Changing Observations:

Q1. Is awareness enough to change social behaviors around single-use plastics?

Q2. How much do you think about the disposable things you use and their impact on the environment?

Q3. What can you do in your life to be more mindful of waste?

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