🔍Came across an intriguing ad from the lead of a local #DisabilityRights group . Remember the video of a man removing a plastic straw from a sea turtle's nose 🐢💔, That triggered a #PlasticStrawBan wave 🌊. Undeniably, the video left us all shaken – because who wouldn't feel for the poor turtle? 🙁💚 Yet, the convo took a sharp turn from applause 👏 to controversy when disability rights organizations stood up against the straw ban .
Is it #EcoFriendly or #Discriminatory? What's your take? 🤔
Right off the bat, I want to be clear: I champion the rights of all individuals with disabilities, visible or invisible 🙌. Yet, I feel that access to education, careers, and independent living are pressing issues for individuals with disabilities. However, I understand the essential nature of a bendable straw for those who need it, particularly when one forgets to carry it along to places like theme parks, restaurants, or movies 🎢🍽️🍿. After reading the advertising letter and related articles, I began contemplating: isn't there an alternative solution? ✨🤔
For instance, the Animal Kingdom theme park's Starbucks location has been offering paper straws for some time 🐾🥤. In this era of constant innovation, can't we come up with a bendable, biodegradable straw? 🌱 The good news is, bendable paper straws do exist in the market! 🎉
A quick Google search led me to two options: The Sugar Diva and Aardvark Eco-Flex straws 🌍♻️. Instead of insisting businesses stock plastic bendable straws, wouldn't it be more productive to encourage local restaurant supply stores to stock these eco-friendly alternatives? Both companies offer wholesale, and writing to businesses like Restaurant Depo, Walt Disney World, or Starbucks could lead to a more inclusive solution.
Certainly, this change would hugely benefit those who require a bendable straw. But there are ways to maintain access. If you are a straw-providing establishment, keep bendable eco-friendly straws and provide them upon request 🍹🌿. If your go-to park, restaurant, or coffee shop is not offering eco-friendly bendable straws, encourage them to become a wholesaler. Collaborate with your local disability rights organization to showcase how this change won't impact businesses or alienate clientele 👥📢.
It is unfortunate that individuals with disabilities must continually remind communities of their unique needs. While it may seem like a lot of effort for a straw, every movement starts somewhere, and you could bring about significant change in the #StrawDiscussion. Your voice matters – use it! 💪🔊 Let's start the #EcoFriendlyStraw movement today!
#DisabilityRights #EcoFriendlyAlternatives #InclusiveSolutions #EcoStraws #StrawRevolution 🌿🥤🌍🤝
What do you think? Do you think bendable eco friendly straws are a solution?
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