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We suck at recycling straws—so maybe we should ban them

Reduce, reuse.

Multi-colored plastic straws.

Thousands of plastic straws never make it through the recycling stream.

Walk into any casual restaurant and before you’ve finished looking at the menu, your waiter will probably give you a glass of cold . There might be a lemon in it. There might be ice. There’s probably a plastic straw sticking out of the cup. Perhaps this morning you slurped up your daily dose of caffeine through an iconic green straw, and then tossed it into a, and we rarely stop to think about the environmental impact of the hollow, single-use tubes that we discard daily.

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