I watched a video this morning on the banning of plastic straws and its impact on the disabled community.
I’m all for saving the planet. I’m all for saving the animals that are impacted when plastic straws (plastic lots of things) enter the water and the wilds.
But at what cost?
I’m ‘lucky’ (tongue in cheek sometimes). I’m able to buy alternative straws (forever straws… my wicked cool metal foldy straw is supposed to be coming in November… knock on wood) and to use them. But there are many people who can’t invest that kind of money in a straw. There are a lot of people who require a straw that bends (haven’t seen a forever straw that is bendy yet). There are a crap ton (a metric crap ton to be more exact) of people like me, who look at the straws in the older dispensers that are not wrapped and that lord only knows who has touched or coughed in on and mentally freak because either they have issues in their brains with germs or they have compromised immune systems and have issues in the rest of their body with germs.
The report had it’s due diligence done. People went out and asked companies in the cities where straws are already banned if there were straws available to people who can’t bring a cup to their lips because they don’t have the use of their hands and arms to do so. The people wanting their freedom to live the lives they have in the most independent way possible sometimes need the simpler things just to be able to be functional. There were many companies that didn’t even have straws available to be used by the people who NEED them.
I don’t NEED a straw. Sometimes it is nice to have a straw but it isn’t something that I need. If I do want a straw, I do want one that is either within my control to clean or that is wrapped. I don’t want the people who go to the bathroom and leave without washing their hands and who cough into their fists and then wipe their nose with their hands touching my naked straw (or silverware or whatever). And don’t get me started on people who grab your glass by putting their fingers into the glass when they hand it to you at the fast food places.
People who are differently abled have the right to their independence and the people who provide goods and services have a legal responsibility to provide them with reasonable alternatives when requested as necessary.
It sucks enough to NEED to need the extra assistance. Adding to the troubles that people with disabilities have by taking away their ability to interact with what they need to survive isn’t the answer.
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