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Disabled People Do Care About The Environment… But They Also Need Plastic Straws

July 12, 2018

The debate about plastic and the environment has gone worldwide in recent years. Same Difference has never agreed with a total ban on plastic straws, in particular. We know that many severely disabled people genuinely can’t drink without a straw.

This week, as Seattle has become the first major US city to ban plastic straws,  we have found two articles which discuss this need, and explain that it doesn’t mean that disabled people don’t care about environmental issues.

One is from British disability activist and writer Penny Pepper, written for Monday’s Guardian.

The second, published yesterday, is from American website The Salt.

Both are well worth a read.

We’d like to know what you think about a ban on plastic straws. How would a total ban affect you as a disabled person or carer? Would you like to see businesses ban plastic straws completely?

Or would you prefer a solution that would recognise a customer’s genuine need for a plastic straw- such as giving out paper straws for free, but charging disabled customers a small amount to use plastic straws, with money raised from this being donated to environmental causes?

Please share your thoughts in the comments below.

 

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. Robert Bluck permalink
    July 12, 2018 8:36 am

    Wet wipes do not cause fat-bergs. It’s people who cause fat-bergs by disposing of used wet wipes incorrectly. They don’t go down the loo, they go in the bin. As for the plastic in the oceans! This is done by shipping emptying their rubbish into the ocean and rubbish removal contractors putting it into the seas.

  2. July 13, 2018 6:23 am

    This is an absolutely vital and important issue.

    If a disabled person needs a straw to drink it’s not their fault if they are too f****ng dumb to carry their own stainless steel straw (a tube). FFS!

    This topic is well worth the time you waste.. er.. I mean *spend* on it.

    Why do anything but continue to completely ignore such minor and trifling things as “Hostile Environment” Vulnerable Adult Abuse, Disability Hate Crime, Torture, Fraud and Attempted Murder?

    Threats from the latest DWP bribed hate criminal nonce hammering at my front door –

    From these criminal Sickos –
    MarstonHoldingsHateCriminals05

    How many quack DWP ‘assessments’ has samedifference1 had now??
    Is it still NONE?

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