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The Scotfather
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What do you guys think about Mcdonalds trialing out new paper straws? I see it as an advantage and disadvantage. One being it saves sea life but its cutting down trees. I guess its more of a advantage. Opinions?
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Some might say Animals > Plants.
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If functionality is at least 60%, and the trees are getting replanted, this seems very reasonable.
Growing plants over refining crude oil any day of the week.
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(Original post by chrissy99)
What do you guys think about Mcdonalds trialing out new paper straws? I see it as an advantage and disadvantage. One being it saves sea life but its cutting down trees. I guess its more of a advantage. Opinions?
You can plant more trees, you can't plant more oceans I'm for it!
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Don't they become moist and soggy in the drink?
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Some might say Animals > Plants.
But you are impacting animals through deforestation
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Don't they become moist and soggy in the drink?
But magically paper cups don't?
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(Original post by 04MR17)
Some might say Animals > Plants.
Some might say Plants > Animals.


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(Original post by Bill Nye)
But magically paper cups don't?
Haha

I visualised a thinner version of a loo roll type straw. 😳
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There are more trees on earth than stars in our galaxy.
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Oh god...


My school has been doing wayy too many assemblies about this.

(Plastic and sea life not mcdonalds straws).
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But you are impacting animals through deforestation
Yet some people are too thick to realise that.
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But you are impacting animals through deforestation
Well said. Does anyone have any statistics on how badly plastic affects sea life? And does anyone know how long it takes a tree to actually grow fully? Its not as though they just plant it and BOOM! Its an interesting topic.
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(Original post by Bill Nye)
But magically paper cups don't?
Usually paper cups have some sort of plastic film lining, hence why coffee cups are so hard to recycle

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OP i think it's a good thing, trees are renewable and most of the paper in the UK is from sustainable places, recycled or evergreen trees that grow rapidly. Less plastic in the ocean is always going to be a good thing
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(Original post by chrissy99)
Well said. Does anyone have any statistics on how badly plastic affects sea life? And does anyone know how long it takes a tree to actually grow fully? Its not as though they just plant it and BOOM! Its an interesting topic.
I reckon it's alright as long as they cut down trees from sustainable sources and affect animals the smallest way possible.

But why would they do that?

It's mcdonalds.
It's cheap.
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Another reason why they may want to do it is that it may be cheaper for them to make paper straws as opposed to injection moulding or extruding them. I have actually noticed that plastic straws don't seem to be stocked as much anymore in the past few weeks.
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From a very selfish front I do not like paper straws cos they feel... wrong.
Environmentally though paper is recycled and decomposed more easily than plastic and it's far easier to just plant more trees than it is to magic up more plastic. Less harmful and more sustainable. Win win.
Oh and they don't go soggy in the drink over the amount of time you're using them. just like the cups it takes a good long time before they start going soggy.
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