Zero Waste: the Straw Saga

(This is part 1 of a periodic, ongoing series; recording my attempts to reduce the waste my household creates)

Zero Waste sounds so fantastic: helping the environment, less stinky stuff in the home, not hauling gross garbage bags down three flights of stairs. Practically, it’s really tough. That doesn’t mean it’s not worth doing! Plus, I’m a big believer in not waiting to be perfect before doing something. So I’m starting with what I can do now, and I’ll work on expanding that as I go.

One culprit that I know is a problem is related to my coffee habit: straws. I’ve known straws are bad for the environment for a while but I didn’t realize the scope: Americans use 500 million straws a day! A day! Yikes! Check out this page for more info on the impacts.

So, meet Z, my last plastic disposable straw:

Z the Last Plastic Straw
Fancy coffee drinks: a guilty pleasure
I’m planning on buying a set of stainless steel straws but until I do, I’m determined to reuse Z until it breaks. This will help get me in the mindset of carrying my own straw, and making the effort to reduce trash.

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