Should plastic straws be banned?
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Should plastic straws be banned?

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The U.K. just became the first country to ban plastic straws—arguing they are harmful to the environment—and California may follow suit. Advocates say plastic waste is "one of the greatest environmental challenges facing the world," and a ban on plastic straws is a good thing. But others argue the plastic straw ban has unintended consequences for people with disabilities and could be harmful to small businesses. What do you think? 🍹

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#BanPlasticStraws
52.2%
#DontBanStraws
47.8%

Municipalities across the globe have taken steps to reduce plastic waste by banning plastic bags, so why not add plastic straws to the list? According to the National Park ServiceAmericans use 500 million straws per day, enough to fill "over 125 school buses with straws every day." 

Plastic straws are just wasteful. They are unnecessary for most beverage consumption, and with paper and metal alternatives, it seems like a totally reasonable place to cut back.

But critics argue a ban on plastic straws is short-sided and ripe with unintended consequences. Paper and metal straws are more expensive than plastic straws, so switching over would hurt small businesses. 

Additionally, many people with disabilities rely on plastic straws as essential tools for food and drink consumption. What may seem frivolous or unnecessary to some is crucial to others. 

Utensils such as plastic straws serve an essential role in the daily lives of some people with physical disabilities, helping them with to eat and drink. They are also used as tools to exercise the lungs. Plastic straws are particularly important for disabled people because they are flexible, cheap and widely accessible.
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