Various bans on plastic straws are backed by good intentions, yet, these efforts could be tailored to better causes. Alternatives to plastic straws can have larger environmental footprints than their plastic counterparts and usually have much higher costs. Meaningful policy changes will only come as private businesses incentivize individuals to change their plastic consumption and disposal habits, not from increasing the regulation around the use of straws.
Op-ed: Replacements for plastic straws have their own problems
By William F. Shughart II & Brian Isom
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