Whoop Whoop, big shout-outs going out to some environmentally aware restaurants and companies in Knoxville who have decided to stop using or automatically offering plastic straws. Along with Starbucks, Gavino’s Pizza in Turkey Creek has stopped stocking plastic straws all together. The Public House stopped automatically giving out straws. Moxley Carmichael uses paper straws now.
Mr. Bova from Mobius (from the article referenced) said the plastic straw movement doesn’t amount to much reduction in the overall plastic islands in our oceans. However, I am sure the sea turtles who get one plastic straw stuck in their noses would beg to differ about the efficacy of reducing our use of plastic straws.
Mobius is a unique company in Knoxville and they are working on reducing single-use plastic use and creating biodegradable and compostable materials. I agree with compostable materials but many of us don’t really even need a straw. We need to reduce, reuse, and recycle.
We have to start somewhere with reducing our use of single-use plastics. First we start with using less plastic straws and then we move to using less plastic bags. We continue from there.
Roark, C. (2018, August 6). Knox companies work to reduce plastic straw use. The Knoxville News Sentinel.
In case you forgot…… Video of the sea turtle with a straw stuck in its nose: