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Skippy wrote:To many people cost is an important consideration
I think for many, these days, it's the only factor. It doesn't matter what it comes wrapped in if you have to get it from a foodbank, or count every penny. It doesn't matter that you might only need to use half the number of sheets of the more expensive stuff (which would make it far cheaper in the long run), or that it's better for the environment, if you just don't have the cash to buy it in the first place.
Flo wrote:The same logic seems to apply to why we still have plastic drinking straws - it's too costly for business to use alternatives at present
Absolute balderdash - if cost was a factor they wouldn't supply straws of any form. Good old BBC.
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Straws were promoted here for a while as drinking straight from the container was considered unhealthy - risk of bugs on the bottle or can. During the 1980's introduced European wasps ( Vespula germanica) population exploded (simple exponetial population growth) and became very problematic in urban areas. One of the health risks touted then was drinking from a soft drink container (sugary stuff) where a wasp had got into it and subsequently stung inside the mouth or throat; straws were promoted.
Could alsdo be generational? My grandkids were given straws from a very early age rather than being trained to drink from a cup properly. Their parents could manage a cup from about 6 months old - perhaps because they only used the natural container before that.
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