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and U of G should educate future generations on how to properly dispose every type of waste, allowing the campus to maximize its “green” efficiency. Contrary Evidence Plastic Straws and the Environment
The proponents will heavily center their case around the negative impacts that plastic currently has on our environment. The issue of plastic pollution is well notable in today’s society,as an increase in consumerism and the number of plastics manufactured throughout the years have exponentially contributed to the growth of the pollution. Most of the single use plastic itemsused today are eventually ending up in our oceans and are affecting marine wildlife. It’s been found that nearly 8 million metric tonnes of plastic are found in our oceans annually, however, plastic straws play a miniscule part to that (Borenstein, 2018). Plastic straws only make up 2000 metric tonnes, which is 4% of plastic trash found in our oceans, and are clearly not one of the main leading threats towards marine wildlife (Houck, 2018). The emerging issue of plastic straws came from a viral video published on Youtube in 2015, of a straw being pulled out of sea turtle’s nose, which has then led to an uproar amongst many (Minter, 2018). This started the call upon banning plastic straws in stores and restaurants worldwide, yet this will not stop or make a difference in what is happening in our oceans. Plastic straws may be useless to the average person, however, those with mobility limitations do in fact need plastic straws and a ban would not be accommodating them. There should be no rush to ban a product that has benefits to the disabled and is not doing much harm to our environment. The video should not be a call out on the harmful damage of plastic straws, but instead at a much larger scale of single use items in general.The Alternatives to Plastic StrawsThe use of alternative straws can be another point for the other side in this case. There aremany straw options branded as “environmental-friendly” available today, such as paper and stainless steel. As some of these alternatives do have their benefits for our environment, they come with their unpleasant disadvantages amongst society. Paper straws are known to be an
exceptional alternative, as they are biodegradable and breakdown quickly (Rupp, 2018). Over a short time, the shape of the straw changes as it disintegrates into the drink. This can be a chokinghazard for those who are disabled, and would also leave many not being comfortable with the product (Danovich, 2018). Paper straws are also 5 times more expensive to produce than plastic straws, and are also more expensive to purchase for the business (Anonymous, 2018). Stainless steel straws are another eco-friendly option used, they are the most durable of all the other alternatives and are reusable. Although they are the best alternative for the average person, those who have mobility limitations would not be able to use the straw as comfortably (Shoemaker, 2018). The disabled rely on the flexibility and bendable function of the plastic straw, and that is

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