Ever since the world became woke about the effects of the overuse of plastic, I have had a low key simmering fear that is shared by the millions of people that have a disability.
Now, don’t get me wrong, I find the images of sea life affected by the plastic pollution as heartbreaking as everyone else. I also believe we should make a conscious effort to do something about it. It’s a problem caused by us and we have a responsibility to do something about it.
But I believe we also have a responsibility to each other.
To many banning plastic drinking straws may seem like the quickest and easiest way to make some kind of change. With many businesses applauded for switching to alternative opinions.
Yet for many it’s a rash decision, that has a detrimental effect on their life.
I have very limited use of my hands, I also don’t have the core balance to sit up unaided.
I need a plastic straw to drink everything I drink.
The reason I need a plastic straw instead of alternatives is because:
They are cheap – this is important because I need a straw for everything, which is obviously numerous times of day. A 100 plastic straws are £1, yet 10 paper straws are anything between £1 & £3. A pound a day for straws that are going to disintegrate into your tea soon adds up.
They are suitable for all temperatures – many of the alternatives to plastic straws can’t withstand warmer temperatures.
They are adjustable – the fact that I don’t have the ability to move means that there are plenty of times in where an adjustable straw is essential or I physically can not drink.
Of course every change helps, but it just feels unfair that something so necessary to so many people can be discarded so easily because it’s assumed to be a quick and easy solution. Especially when you have just taken the plastic straw out of a disposable coffee cup or throw away plastic drink container.
It also makes me sad that people turn on those that do feel they are a necessity, making them feel selfish and bad for using something they need.
There are thousands of things that people deem necessary, that people use everyday, and have an equal or worse affect on the world, and there’s no hate given and no opinion had. How many of you take those unnecessary car journeys to a place you could just as easily walk or bike to?
The thing is now people are more aware they can make changes in their own way. Using reusable coffee cups, choosing to not use a straw if they’re someone that has that choice, not using plastic bags, maybe buying a bar of soap instead of shower gel, bamboo toothbrushes, not using disposable razors. There are so many, just as easy, small changes people can make that isn’t taking from people too.
Yes we have to love and look after our planet, and everything that is a part of it, including each other.
Love, C x