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Reducing single-use/disposable plastic

1 lurker | 74 watchers
19 Aug
5:11pm, 19 Aug 2019
9473 posts
Appalled to discover McDonalds paper straws are effectively un-recyclable due to their thickness. Can't we just put them in with the cardboard?

(They are actually only just good/strong enough for a medium sized thick shake, assuming the shake isn't *too* thick!)

I suspect the right answer is a one-off purchase of a stainless steel "straw" from McDs at a reduced price, that could then be endlessly reused. Everybody wins! (And the hygiene of that is the users' responsibility.)
19 Aug
5:31pm, 19 Aug 2019
3503 posts
run free
Depends on your council. Some councils do not like pizza boxes stained with food as it tends to contaminate the rest of the recyclables..... Perhaps you can see if it composts well.

Think someone here would be able to tell you best reusable straw to purchase and how to clean it. I can only tell you theory.
19 Aug
5:34pm, 19 Aug 2019
29006 posts
John Lewis have a good one but it does come in a plastic case. It comes with its own metal brush for cleaning. Brush has plastic bristles tho
19 Aug
5:37pm, 19 Aug 2019
1336 posts
Day 13 blog was straws.

I bought 4 for 99p in Lidl. They came with a little brush to wash them up with.
19 Aug
5:38pm, 19 Aug 2019
3117 posts
K5 Gus
Can't people just drink their drinks out of the cup, without needing a straw ?

Or even better stop buying junk food out of MaccyD's ;-)

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About This Thread

Information about Plastic Packaging:
UK: wrap.org.uk

EU: ec.europa.eu

What products have microbeads?

To help you reduce try one level at a time:https://tyrelady.wordpress.com/support-the-challenges/

What the EU is doing:

- currently the UK will be following SOME of the EU measures.

Terms used to describe plastic:
1. Biodegradable (also oxi-biodegradable)
2. Bioplastic
3. Compostable
4. Plastic that potentially could be recycled (has numbers)
5. Plastic that cannot be recycled

Some resources:
BBC's info on the numbers on Plastics:

The misconceptions of biodegradable plastics from an academic:

Understanding plastic terms:

Bioplastic developments as seen by British Plastic