Plastic straw ban is not helping people with limited movement

Plastic straw ban is not helping, especially for people with limited movement (disabilities). People with limited movement fear that the ban on plastic straws will limit accessibility at restaurants, airplanes and the likes.

One such establishment – Starbucks, announced on Monday that it will eventually do away with straws completely. Seattle coffee has already implemented the ban at all their restaurants and food trucks.

American Airlines is banning straws from the beverage menu starting November 2018. Alaska airlines was the first to ban straws.

The bans are supposed to be a proactive step to ease the burden plastic waste has on our world. This move however seems to be making things difficult for people with limited movement who need these straws the most.

Not having straws available can be terrible for people with limited movement as they need it to drink and prevents choking or the liquid going into the lungs.

Even though there are straws made from other materials – these do not help.

Paper dissolves too fast and is easy to bite through. Metal gets to hot and causes burns and when it’s cold can affect people who have painful jitters – cerebral palsy. Reusable straws are often lost or forgotten at home.

Disability Rights in Washington wrote in a letter to the city:

“Other types of straws simply do not offer the combination of strength, safety and flexibility as plastic straws do”

When asked about how they were going to approach this issue with disabled customers, they wrote in email:

“Customers are still able to get a straw – made from alternative materials – and we will work with the disability community to ensure we continue to meet their needs going forward”

They not really making it clear about what materials will be used and if plastic straws will still be available.

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