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It’s the Little Things That Count

April 8, 2010

By Jennifer Chaky

I went to a great fundraising event at a comedy club recently, and you would think I could just relax and enjoy the comics, but no, there I was, eco-maniac that I am, fretting over the number of straws this place must go through in a night! There was a two-drink minimum for each of the 300 people, many of whom went beyond that. That means that if each of those people got a water, soft drink, or cocktail (anything besides beer or wine), that tiny little club went through about 600 straws in less than 3 hours. At our table of four, we each had two cocktails and two rounds of tap water. And yup, we got 16 straws total…well, 14 because I caught the waitress on two of the rounds and asked her to leave my straw out.

Imagine if more people did that–asked their server to not give them a straw. Imagine if every time people went out to a bar or restaurant, they asked for no straw. And then, maybe the movement will catch some steam, and servers would be proactive and start to ask customers if they even want a straw, or at least not bring a new straw with each and every round. And then restaurants and bars will buy fewer straws to keep in stock… and fewer straws will be produced… and fewer chemicals will be put into the water and air from the production… and fewer container ships carrying the straws over from China will be needed… and fewer trucks to deliver them to their final destination…and fewer straws will end up in our waste stream and fall into our waterways and end up in the ocean…and all because we thought: do I really need to suck my drink through a skinny plastic tube?

I hear some of you now saying, “Yes! Yes I do need to suck my drink through a skinny plastic tube. Yes, I do.” For you straw-loving folks, check out these nifty little works of art: handmade glass straws from Glass Dharma that are break resistant and way healthier for the planet and for you. They come in a variety of sizes and widths, and even with little nubbies on them to keep from rolling off the table, or bent so they hang over your glass, gracefully angled for your sipping ease. Fun, huh?

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  1. April 15, 2010 5:52 am

    found your site on del.icio.us today and really liked it.. i bookmarked it and will be back to check it out some more later

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