Random... Instead of banning straws, we should ban balloons, especially the helium ones.

If you didn't know, helium is used for a variety of medical applications, like MRIs. We have limited supply and balloons account for about 7% of the use.

Balloons should cost $100 a pop, given the limited supply. Pun intended.

@KARiley40 Not mutually exclusive? I suspect more disposable straws are present these days than disposable balloons (certainly more plastic I have consumed comes from the former than the latter). At any rate, a better goal to state than banning plastic straws is "mostly eliminating them" (leaving accessibility cases intact)

@cwebber But yeah, omg, the plastic wrap drives me bananas. Like no, I do not need a tiny plastic window in my otherwise paper bag so I can see the loaf of bread I know I just stuck in the bag. And little things like that.

I know there is big stuff out there, fishing nets come to mind, but I also know, we've got a lot of work to do, including the small things.

@KARiley40 sounds like we agree :)

I am trying to figure out how to change my purchase habits to reduce the amount of disposable plastic I use. I have considered doing a "month of almost no disposable plastic" but society has constructed itself in such a way that it feels like it would take an enormous amount of energy. That seems like a huge warning sign (and reason to do it).

@KARiley40 We need larger regulatory changes which target industrial production, "consumer" changes aren't enough.

But they are a starting place. Just look at how *easy* it is to be a vegetarian today compared to say, the 1970s when Peter Singer and co started arguing for it... Animal Liberation included some recipes mainly because most Americans couldn't fathom what a vegetarian diet would even *look* like. Consumer demand *did* drive a change there.

@KARiley40 These days I can eat at nearly any town in rural america as a vegetarian. My life would have been much harder if I started in the 1970s as opposed to the mid-2000s.

Imagine if the same could be the case for people refusing to make use of disposable plastics! Whereas today, as an American, making such changes seems almost infathomable.

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@cwebber Yep, I agree! I go for the plastic-less option when I have an option, but like you said, it's hard to avoid.

And yes, our access to food, has allowed this new diet and I've also gotten smarter about the meat I do eat. I look for locally raised things, like chickens. That reduces the footprint of the meat a lot.

I do what I can where I can as best as I can. It's not perfect, but I know our buying habits are being watched and things are shifting.

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