Some companies and the people that run them might have the very best intentions. But, if they execute ideas without fully thinking them through — which, unfortunately, happens too often — it can often negate their work and be all for not.
Such is the case with sustainable products meant to help the planet, like soap cased in large, thick packaging, refills of cleaners sold in non-compostable material, or paper straws wrapped in plastic — which is exactly what one Twitter user griped about.
In case you’re wondering what the big deal is here, it’s the unnecessary use of plastic — particularly combined with a paper straw, something meant to be better for the planet overall.
Biggest joke is this.— Prerna Chettri (@prernachettri) March 7, 2023
Paper straw wrapped in a plastic cover. pic.twitter.com/3VWF4Db9ei
Paper straws are compostable and biodegradable, unlike plastic straws, which take a whopping 200 years to break down. Plus, they won’t harm animals through the creation of microplastics as their plastic straw counterparts can. With 24.4+ trillion microplastics floating in our oceans and creating hazardous environments for marine life, it’s important to cut back on plastics in any way possible.
So, while a paper straw is indeed a step in the right direction for a more sustainable planet, companies making them could take it a step further by using more eco-friendly packaging — like paper.
Another sums it up nicely: “They [are] taking one step at a time I guess 😅 Plastic straw➡️Paper straw f/b plastic cover ➡️ paper cover.”
“Virtue signaling at [its] best,” another wrote. “[What] matters will be green innovation, not penny pinching.”
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