Starbucks' and the city of Seattle's effort to phase out plastic straws ignores how necessary they are for the disabled, report Ayana Archie and Dalila-Johari Paul of CNN. While paper and metal straws do exist, they aren’t the solution, as people with physical issues can hurt themselves with the former while the latter isn’t heat-resistant enough. This risks the disabled not having any options to eat or drink when in restaurants or on airplanes. Plastic straws are just a small part of global pollution. While the effort to curb human waste is good, Starbucks' focus should lie elsewhere.
Starbucks’ campaign to phase out plastic straws is a positive step to reduce global pollution, suggests Emily Atkin of the New Republic. Critics of the company that focus on the disabled ignore that plastic straws could still be available to those who need them. Plastic waste from humans is an immense issue for the environment. Small plastic particles litter the ocean and end up making their way into human foods. Stopping the use of plastic straws would be beneficial to all. Companies like Starbucks will still manage to give disabled people options to consume their products.