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A Closer Look at the Straw Ban

A Closer Look at the Straw Ban

Disabled activists have likewise been vocal on social media about how the straw ban is potentially ableist, and makes navigating a world designed for able-bodied people even more difficult. In her article for Eater, “Why Disabled People Need Plastic Straws,” Alice Wong, founder and director of the Disability Visibility Project , lists the number of reasons why a strict straw ban puts a target on disabled communities; for many folks, plastic straws are the only way for them to drink beverages safely, and while they may be considered a frivolous add-on to a drink for abled-bodied folks, they are a necessity for others. “Plastic straws are considered unnecessary items used by environmentalists as a ‘ gateway plastic’ to engage the public on a larger conversation about waste … But one person’s social prop is another person’s conduit for nutrition. It’s as if people who rely on...

Full article: http://www.baristamagazine.com/straw-ban/

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