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July 31, 2018



It seems Americans have another thing to fight about these days – plastic straws. While those concerned about the environment push for a ban, caregivers of folks with disabilities are equally troubled about the problems a ban would create. As companies like Starbucks and Disney side with the environmental groups, opposition is growing, not only among caregivers of the elderly or the disabled, but also within groups of misinformed people. Memes are popping up across social media mocking the absurdity of the ban, causing further division in a country that seems to thrive on controversy.


Whatever side of the plastic straw issue you happen to be on, you need to know there are alternatives. For example, I started carrying glass straws in my purse years ago. I had them available for myself and my grandchildren. It was a simple solution to what I saw as a growing problem facing the world – the abundance of single-use plastic products.


Online companies, such as offer a wide array of adaptive daily living aids, including several solutions to the problem facing those in need of drinking straws. As I mentioned, there are glass drinking straws by companies like Glass Dharma®, which offers straws in various lengths and widths. They even have bent straws. And all their straws come with a lifetime guarantee against breakage.



For those who need flexible straws, offers 28” extra-long flexible drinking straws made from BPA-free polyethylene that can be cut to size with a pair of scissors.