As Seen On Twitter | The #StrawBan is a #CripTax via @rbc12steps & @EBThen
Reusable straws are a problem for several reasons.
1. It puts the burden of accessibility on already overburdened people. This is sometimes referred to, in the context of Disability, as #CripTax. 2. Practically, reusable straws require sterilization before/after use. 1/
I understand but are reusable straws not an option for some disabled people? I’m fine with plastic straws being available for folks on request, but they should discourage their use by not automatically giving/offering them. And I know many paper/compost straws aren’t acceptable.
I don’t have a disability that limits my mobility (I have interstitial cystitis, which creates other problems), but I use canvas bags, carry my own reusable chopsticks when possible, etc. I think reducing all our sources of one-time use plastic is good, within reason.
Reusable straws are a problem for several reasons. 1. It puts the burden of accessibility on already overburdened people. This is sometimes referred to, in the context of Disability, as #CripTax. 2. Practically, reusable straws require sterilization before/after use. 1/
2, cont. Sterilizing thin tubes, regardless of the material out of which they are constructed, is very difficult. If the tubes have places with corrugation to support flexibility, that’s almost impossible to clean. Not everyone who needs a straw would be able to do the cleaning.
3. There are hundreds, if not thousands, of other single-use plastics to target that have acceptable replacements and don’t function as accessibility tools in the same way. Focusing on straws is performative, not substantive.
Also, I agree with this last point a ton. In the campaigns to target single-use plastic items, we tend to go after the lowest hanging fruit that may not have the most effect on plastic waste in general.
They disintegrate really fast, have bad mouth-feel, don’t hold up to chewing (which means folks whose jaws bite down involuntarily are also kinda screwed)… and they can’t be made from recycled paper because paper retains bacteria.
What is your solution? Hearing a lot of what it will do to others but no solution. As helpful as they are, they do play a part in the plastics that are turning up in the guts of dead animals. My suggestion is that they use straws made of hemp plastics.
Reduce excess packaging on things like razors. It shouldn’t be on us to come up with alternatives since we have to spend so much energy in influencing policy to not kill/ostracize us all the time, but there you go. Start there.
My son has a disiability, I teach students with disabilities and I have to say that this arguement isn’t a good one. Banning single use straws and demanding they be replaced with paper ones or other materials that break down is not an undue burden. Not for anyone.
I read about the straw ban weeks ago and immediately thought of my mobility as an able bodied person but I thought it also included plastic utensils. I was thinking how shitty it would be to walk out of my way just to wash a fork if I wanted it clean. Lucked up on someone tweets
My God we have certainly become so lazy as I never thought to see! The environment affects us all see if we can find utensils that can be washed I can’t believe anyone would use plastic except as a last resort but dad and his pals slept and ate environment! Drummed into me!