Going Strawless: There’s More than One Advantage

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Hello, all of you wonderful followers out there!  So I’ve been reading about all the plastic waste in the ocean.  I remember as a child(AND I’M NOT THAT OLD!) that someday the ocean MIGHT be polluted, according to scientists.  Wow, what an understatement! Americans are one of the worst offenders, using 500,000,000 straws PER day!  I had no idea that I was using so many myself, until I paid attention to it.  This was my New Year’s resolution; stop using plastic straws.  I thought it was one that would be a no brainer. Boy was I wrong!

Firstly, you have to make it a habit.  My first step was to remember to tell the cashier or waitress not to give me one.  It is so engrained in my habits, I ended up drinking out of it half the time before I realized what I was doing. I also bought some biodegradable straws, and then some reusable metal.  Finally, I started just drinking my beverages out of the cups. And you know what?  I’m glad I did.  I lost something a long time ago that I didn’t even realize.

After drinking drinks from my cup, I realized my drinks actually tasted good!  Straws have a habit of causing the the liquid to hit the back of your throat, where little to no taste buds are. ( i know you know this but, but I thought I’d repeat it.)  And this is what happened.

I think from drinking everything from a straw for half my life, I lost some taste.  Things seemed a little bland, much like water.  After beginning to drink 95% from a cup or glass, slowly my taste buds returned.  I started to actually enjoy my Iced Tea, and pop again.  I never realized I was even missing it!

So I challenge you, for the sake of the Earth and your taste buds, try drinking with no straw.  I’m so happy I did!

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