But the tide against the straw is now changing: Seattle, in the US, wants only biodegradable straws in the city’s restaurants beginning in July, and Glasgow in Scotland has banned plastic straws in council buildings.
The UK government has signalled plans for a potential ban, and the EU wants single-use plastic straws banned from all member states by 2030.
With a predicted 8.5 billion single-use plastic straws thrown away annually in the UK alone, pressure is piling on the plastic manufacturers to innovate and come up with new solutions.
This is one of the easiest items to ban. Why? There is already an existing straw in place made of paper. So while the non forward looking plastics manufacturers will feel the pinch, the paper straw manufacturers will see a jump in business. It is a natural cycle of business and we should not feel sorry or help the plastic straw makers, as they are making a product that is bad for the environment. They need to switch their lines to paper straws if they want to stay in the straw business.