Plastic or paper? Trump campaign weighs in on straw debate

20 Juillet, 2019, 05:51 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
  • The Trump campaign is selling packs of plastic straws for $15

While my restaurants and cities across America are banning plastic straws for environmental reasons, President Trump's campaign is going in the opposite direction.

It should be noted that the laser-engraved straws, which are made in the USA, are BPA-free, reusable and recyclable.

After a brief pause, he expanded on the point, asking: "You have a little straw".

Most recycling centers don't accept plastic straws because they're so small that they fall through the cracks of machinery at processing plants.

BPA, short for Bisphenol A, is a chemical often found in plastics.

He wasn't done though: "You know, it's interesting about plastic straws".

Trump's campaign is also correct in pointing out that "liberal paper straws" are a poor substitute given their propensity to dissolve in drinks or crumple when being poked through lids.

"We haven't had plastic anything for about a year now", Cameron Pyles, general manager of the Shoreline Café, told KCOY.

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Starbucks has vowed to eliminate plastic straws in all its stores by 2020 in favor of "alternative-material straw options" and a "recyclable strawless lid". These deficiencies are why plastic straws replaced paper ones to begin with.

The move prompted more than 50,000 people to sign an online petition urging the fast-food chain to bring back plastic straws so they could "drink my milkshake proper".

"This petition has been started by a member of the public and not 38 Degrees", the note read.

Opponents of straw bans can't afford to be choosy with their allies, but it is sad to see plastic straws-once a noble symbol of resistance to government tyranny-being appropriated to re-elect a president who thinks the Bill of Rights is just one more invoice he doesn't have to pay. "If you disagree with this petition and you'd like to sign the petition calling for an end to plastic straws you can do so here".

Donald Trump addresses the Values Voter Summit at the Omni Shoreham September 9, 2016 in Washington, DC.

According to the official Twitter for the Trump campaign, supporters of the president can buy a 10-pack of "laser engraved" plastic straws with the word "Trump" on them.

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