I Love Glass Straws!
Written by Helga
Tuesday, 9 February 2010 02:34
Glass straws! What?!
That is what I said to myself after watching Fake Plastic Fish 2009 Plastic Resolution. Beth Terry of Oakland, California managed to get through 2009 using on 3.8 pounds of plastics. Do you know what a feat that is? That is dedication to the cause. It takes quite a bit of pre-planning and thinking ahead to accomplish. Watch her video and you, too, will be impressed and even inspired, as I was.
My take on the whole ‘going green’ thing is that I am doing it in manageable increments, so I don’t get overwhelmed and give up. I’m not one to give up easily, but when you start to read all those links that get Twittered and retweeted to you, then start buzzing around the internet looking for information and guidance on the subject, you can get sucked into what seems like a ‘this-is-hopeless-why-bother’ attitude. Makes it tempting to just back away and leave it to all those Über-Greenies. (“They’ll take care of it all so I can continue to ignore it!” Wrong. Group effort here.) Like I heard some woman on Oprah say once, “You have to lean into it”. That’s a healthy approach! And – Oprah loves glass straws too!
Watch Beth’s video a few times and glean a bit here and there. One point that struck me was that she brings glass straws with her everywhere she goes. Glass straws! I never once thought about straws. They seems so little and innocuous. But then I started to think. (Hear the creaking?) Think about all the straws used once throughout the day, throughout the USA, throughout the world and that is a shitload of plastic waste. You might say, Dee, I wash my straws and re-use them. Wrong again, my wanna-be-green friends. Not trying to be all neggy-neggy. I used to do this myself. As I am learning too, it isn’t a good idea to re-use plastics (in general) but it truly a bad idea to re-use plastics meant for only one use. These plastic products break down quickly, (and I don’t mean in a green-composting-good-break-down-kinda-way) leeching atrocious chemicals into whatever you are eating/drinking.
And of course the cosmos works in ways that I will never figure out. Glass Dharma started ‘following’ me on Twitter. They sell *glass straws*! Brilliant! I contacted them right away, telling them how I had only just heard about glass straws through Beth at Fake Plastic Fish, and that I thought it was a super idea. I asked if I could review them and they kindly sent me 4 glass straws and hemp carriers and a little scrubby brush, to boot. I used the ‘bendy’ straw right away. Loved it! Sophie found it novel, slurping up her chocolate milk.
You may be saying, that is all well and good at home, but are you going to start taking these things with you? Yes. Yes I am. My husband is skeptical, but supportive. We are leaning, sweetie, leaning…
Stay tuned for the continuing adventures of Live Green Mom’s family taking glass straws with them.
Like the people who first started bring their recycled or cloth grocery bags with them to the store, I want to make the small changes that add up. The whole bring-your-own-bag thing, that caught on, why not glass straws? Start a trend, why don’t we? What, are people gonna look at us funny because of glass straws?
Clearly, glass straws get a green light!