Ideas to help the environment that don’t kill disabled people: instead of a #strawban
- Ban use of plastic fishing nets by commercial fishing companies
- Ban use of plastic fishing nets outright
- Create stronger paper bags and gradually cycle out plastic bags from grocery stores
- Don’t need it-don’t use it
- Enact legislation to monitor the dumping of waste into rivers: stop it all together
- Enact legislation to create maximums for the amount of carbon emissions a factory can make
- Create a rewards-based program for using solar energy/panels
- Require all new houses to run on solar energy/panels
-Enact legislation to protect at-risk species that are threatened by human encroachment
-Cleanup on beaches by wildlife department
-Enact fines for dumping waste illegally
-recycle your plastic bags
The fact is there is so much we can do, and instead we chose to do performative bs that actually harms people.
Here’s statistics on plastic waste and why a #strawban won’t work

46% of the great pacific garbage patch is made up of plastic fishing nets: news.nationalgeographic.com/2018/03/great-…
Plastic straws count for less than 1% of the ocean’s waste and don’t pose a great risk to aquatic wildlife and waterfowl: earth.stanford.edu/news/do-plasti…
Americans don’t use 500 million straws a day, that statistic was made by a 9 year old: nytimes.com/2018/07/19/bus…
Plastic bags can be recycled, and less than 1 in 7 are: biologicaldiversity.org/programs/popul…
#strawbans harm and even kill disabled people: cdrnys.org/blog/disabilit…
In short: it won’t help, it will hurt, and there are many other things we can do as a country and individually that will actually make a difference.
Straws don’t get into the environment by their own, it’s because of improper waste collections and management. Thread by @jmatwood
Single use straws were created for disabled people: but do you know why? In the 19th century the greatest killer of children was the Murder Bottle: a rubber tube that was a free for all breeding ground for bacteria. nourishingdeath.wordpress.com/2013/08/15/mur… [1/2]
[2/2] expecting disabled people with memory problems, limited mobility, etc to get the cleaning right without any scratches or tears could quite literally kill us, that’s what we mean with the “hard to sanitize” in charts
Thread by @ai_valentin goes further into depth regarding this
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Reminder to check with your local recycling centers before recycling plastic straws! Most are not equipped to handle polypropylene, and straws can cause issues with the recycling of other plastic and the machines themselves.
If your recycling center is equipped to handle it, try cutting your straws apart into small pieces so there’s less risk of them getting stuck in machinery and causing issues.
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