In response to the crisis, supermarkets, cafes, bars and restaurants are banning the use of single-use plastic strawsand bags across the country at a rapid rate. A positive step forward in slowing our impact no doubt, but not without its difficulties.
Within the first fortnight of the move we saw supermarket giants offering free reusable plastic bag alternatives after backlash from shoppers who consistently forgot to bring their own in, and this week the additional unloading service for the elderly who can’t lift these now heavily packed reusable bags.
Straws on the other hand are being banned without alternatives, seen more as an unnecessary accessory than a necessity. But in our rush to reduce the harm caused by straws, we must not forget those who use them out of necessity, not convenience: people with disabilities.