Skip the Straw

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Skip the Straw
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By John Palminteri of KEYT News

The Community Environmental Council and ChannelKeeper along with the Adams Elementary school Ocean Guardian kids have been asking restaurants in Santa Barbara to "Skip the Straw" to help the environment. Many restaurants in the waterfront and on the Mesa have agreed to offer a straw on request now. Reusable straws are also being sold locally.

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Ahchooo Apr 18, 2018 08:45 PM
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I bought some reusable silicone straws online that work quite well. Get the narrow ones, if you want them to seem most like the disposables we are used to. Mine came with a little squeegee thing you can pull through to clean them--better than a brush, though some are sold with tiny bottle brushes. My challenge is to figure out a good way to transport them, as ziploc bags aren't quite the right size. I also bought some sturdy glass ones, but they are still breakable, so I think the silicone ones are a better idea if you are going to carry them around.

kohn1 Apr 14, 2018 02:18 PM
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Look at some videos of tsunamis and see what that dumps into the ocean. You can't regulate those...

taraSB Apr 14, 2018 01:21 PM
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I've heard you can vape with those metal straws, haha. I'm with *6765 -- a cold beverage + sensitive teeth = must use a straw ...and who doesn't love a cold beverage now and then? I tried one of the metal straws last night; it's too wide, like drinking from a garden hose. Although I do see a new fashion brand of 'designer personal straws' in our future: basic, bling, colors, sanitizing carrying case -- endless possibilities! :-)

biguglystick Apr 14, 2018 12:36 PM
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This is really important. If only everyone could see the garbage island in the Pacific... every person who makes an effort to use less plastic helps. EVERY little bit helps.

EastBeach Apr 14, 2018 12:04 PM
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It's a shame so many people don't understand the impact of human-scale endeavors. 1,000 people doing something may not have any global impact, but 100's of millions or billions of people doing a seemingly trivial act over and over can have huge effect on the planet. You may not notice any plastic waste in your daily life, and yet our oceans are full of it. That's the power of numbers.

homers Apr 14, 2018 12:27 PM
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The North Pacific Gyre ( aka the garbage patch ) is a perfect example of this.

judee hauer Apr 14, 2018 11:00 AM
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Yes....impossible to clean...

Flicka Apr 14, 2018 09:07 AM
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So, I don't recall any problem with paper straws (before the plastic ones). Maybe if you bit down on them, but used properly they didn't collapse.

Concerned4Calif Apr 14, 2018 09:06 AM
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I do not really understand this issue for restaurants like the Moby Dicks, the Harbor, Endless Summer, Brophies etc. If I use a straw, I presume they are throwing it into the trash and not taking it outside and throwing it into the ocean. So I do not think they are a source of straws in the ocean. Ineffective rules not only waste resources but degrade credibility. If we do not like trash in the ocean then we should take a tougher stance on littering.

jimjah Apr 13, 2018 03:29 PM
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Why not just use the good old Paper straw. Yeah ... the collapsed half way through the drink, but still, they worked, kinda !!

REX OF SB Apr 13, 2018 03:16 PM
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The CHILDREN! Think of the CHILDREN!!

oops Apr 13, 2018 01:13 PM
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they can't clean your silverware, you expect sanitized aluminum tubes to suck through. One loose bit of food particle with your drink will make you go back to plastic- yuck

crackpot Apr 14, 2018 01:31 PM
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I do take my own cup to Peets. It saves a dime and doesn't waste paper. That's not nanny state, it's personal responsibility for what you consume.

Potif Apr 13, 2018 04:20 PM
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So far, it seems to be a suggestion. Hope they don't even try to make it a law. Some people do actually need straws due to physical and/or nerve issues. Sometimes I have trouble holding on to things, like a glass, due to neuropathy. It isn't too bad right now, but I suspect it may get worse as I, ummm,... age ;) (Like I'm not old enough now... Haa haa!) I can see it now, I'll need a prescription for a straw!!!

horsegirl Apr 13, 2018 04:17 PM
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Plastic is such a huge problem for our oceans. Why is it such a big deal to do something small that can help in such a big way? It requires little to no effort on our part to just not use a straw all the time

oops Apr 13, 2018 03:42 PM
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even better. I look forward to carrying my own straw around- why stop there. Maybe we should bring our own cup too. Nanny state

Potif Apr 13, 2018 02:43 PM
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I think they are being sold for individuals to use as their own straw, and then the person is responsible for keeping their own straw, and keeping it clean. I doubt (most) restaurants wouldn't use them.

a-1545075527 Apr 13, 2018 12:43 PM
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If it's cold. I need a straw.

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