Commentary: Banning Plastic Straws Could Make Pollution Worse?

Commentary: Banning Plastic Straws Could Make Pollution Worse | Fortune

1.) Conflates the issue of the preponderance of plastic packaging and one-time use restaurant-ware with the question of the environmental impact of styrofoam vs. other traditional packaging alternatives.

2.) Who pitched this? The Styrofoam/similar materials and plastic packaging and single use items lobby?

3.) Further conflates the issue of plastic packaging and single use products by minimizing how much plastic is used by countries outside of Asia and Africa

4.) Sidesteps around question of whether packaging and single use items being made of alternative materials would lessen the negative impact of these materials on the environment as if the potential didn’t even exist.

5.) Trots out the sly “conventional wisdom” that reducing the use of plastic would lessen negative impact on the environment. Of course it would but in a day and age when plastic isn’t steadily replacing or being added to every other container used to package goods it doesn’t seem very likely. More importantly though, reducing the use of plastic does not mean that replacing plastic with other materials wouldn’t lessen negative impact on the environment as well. It’s not very likely and it’s certainly not an either or. Logic would even suggest both using more biodegradable materials and reducing packing and single use product waste would be the best approach.

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