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I have 25 years’ experience in advocacy, policy research, thought leadership and campaigning on a wide variety of sustainability, energy and environmental issues. I was Head of Climate Change for the Environment Agency, providing advice to Government on climate change mitigation and adaptation. I have worked for a number of leading NGOs & government agencies, including successful advocacy for the Green Investment Bank at Green Alliance, global aviation research for the Committee on Climate Change, and more recently leading policy and advocacy for the Finance Innovation Lab.

Collapsible Straw

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The world’s first collapsible, reusable straw is finally here. Following in the footsteps of single-use carrier bags and disposable coffee cups the government is waging a war on plastic straws. Created by Emma Cohen and Miles Pepper from Canada, the straw is made from stainless steel and designed to last a lifetime, while the container is made from 100 per cent post-consumer recycled plastic.
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The problem with plastic straws is that they take around 200 years to break down and, because the material cannot biodegrade, they remain in the environment for thousands of years clogging landfills, polluting oceans and causing harm to marine life. By using one you can help save 584 plastic straws from entering our oceans every year
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Do you like the idea of a collapsible straw? Would you use it?
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This is really cool but her comments about it being accessible for all people of all abilities doesn’t seem to take into account people with physical disabilities or older folks who may require a bendy neck straw because they can not move their necks easily or lift their neck in bed, etc. it would be cool to have a bendy version but at least this would address the bulk of straw users on the planet.
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I know that some people need straws, but most don't. Simple solution to the plastic waste of straws, most people should just stop using them. How many people honestly need to carry around a straw?
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The majority of plastic waste in the ocean comes from Asia. In some places they dispose of their rubbish by throwing it in the river. To tackle the global plastic problem we need to stop them doing this, rather than coming up with elaborate ways to replace small plastic straws in the West. Even if everyone used this straw it would make a fraction of a fraction of a percent difference.
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This is A STRAW that is made to REDUCE plastic waste. People with REAL ailments (ALS/MD)...and those lipstick wearers and cold-sore sufferers really don’t need to stress. Calm down, we’re not taking your straws.
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Yes great, or we could just drink out of cups directly. It may come as a surprise to some people, but we do have that ability.
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"Americans use 500 million straws a day. That's enough to wrap around the Earth 2.5 times" !!!!! are you kidding me people. just ditch your straws or buy this thing if you have sensitive teeth NO EXCUSES
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Oh my god! I just tried to drink directly from the glass instead of using a straw for the first time of my life - and believe me or not, I survived! I'm a survivor! This strawless world is so savage!
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why are Americans incapable of drinking without straws. what do we need straws for at all!? they have no benefit. ddduuuuurrrrrrr
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I work with people with many types of disabilities. Some have spasticity in their hands, and can't handle maneuvering a cup or mug to drink, but they can handle drinking through a straw with the drink positioned close by. This gives them more freedom, because caregiver doesn't have to stay there holding/jiggling the cup for them. Other people have trouble with taking in too much liquid when drinking from a glass or cup, and a straw helps them control and limit the inflow of liquid, avoiding choking. There are reasons why humans developed straws, and you can be sure they were initially used to help people who were having trouble taking in fluids easily, not just for fun or convenience. Some of the folks I know carry straws with them everywhere because they have to, so a sturdy, collapsible, easy to clean permanent straw would be wonderful!
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Environmentally speaking.... is it good for the environment or your carbon footprint to produce (with energy) and metal a straw? we are wasting these resources on a product that is only actually necessary if you have a medical condition or just got your wisdom teeth out... if the whole purpose is to eliminate waste, why would you want to create more waste by producing an unnecessary product.
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