Yes we have no plastic straws: IKEA, Farm Boy, Eldest

Yes we have no plastic straws: IKEA, Farm Boy, Eldest

Some people wait to be pushed around by legislation and punishment to change their ways (think of seatbelt use, or drinking and driving), others see impending legislative action as enough of a boost to get going. Others, well, they’re way ahead of the curve.

Like Disney. My first time ever being exposed to a paper straw was at Animal Kingdom in Orlando. Must have been about five years ago. And no, I didn’t like it. It’s hard to drink an iced coffee through these things without tasting mushy paper. But, they explained cheerfully, there are no plastic straws around this here park, for the animals, you see.

Protecting the animals is also the reason why every single balloon sold at Disney has a Mickey Mouse weight attached to it. So kids don’t lose their balloons — saving the kids, the parents, and the animals from undue stress and drama.

IKEA phased out plastic straws a few months ago, ahead of its self-imposed schedule. A switch made simpler by the fact that when you go to the IKEA restaurant (which I do on a regular basis because yum, veggie meatballs), your drink comes in a glass made of glass or coloured plastic for the kids, both of which get washed instead of thrown out. Straws always felt kind of superfluous, to be honest. So far, I’m told, customers’ reaction has been positive, so yay.

A few weeks ago I also noticed Farm Boy had phased out its plastic straws. Now it offers colourfully-striped paper ones instead. They’re real pretty. It’s possible they get slightly mushy if you take too long to drink your thing, but in a way that’s not a bad thing because…

… all this moving away from single-use plastic is prompting some folks to plop down a tenner and get themselves a metal straw. Eldest did that the other day, using her own money to acquire a collapsible stainless steel straw with cleaning brush in a lovely pocket container. She takes it everywhere, and now her sisters want one, too, because they think it’s cool. Sibling rivalry never felt so righteous.

Have a “Yes we have no plastic straws” restaurant or commerce to suggest? Let me know.

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