Steel drinking straws - safety concern


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We just had lunch in a cafe. She ordered an iced coffee and it came with a thin stainless steel drinking straw. I told her not to use it, she was sitting with her back to the busy corridor from the kitchen. One stumble and she could have had the straw through the roof of her mouth and into her brain.

We are saving the ocean from plastic, but what is wrong with the good old paper straws we grew up with? Someone is going to be hurt or killed before these are banned. We told our kids not to put pointy objects in their mouths, it isn’t rocket science.
No steel straws here - until this thread, ne'er 'eard of 'em

But don't kids also put forks in their mouths? I guess it is harder to ram the curved object down the throat to achieve the same amount of damage a step straw can do...
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old man emu

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Millenials don't know what a fork is. Food is to be eaten with the hands - hamburgers, wraps, chips, rolls (Subway and sausage), pies and pasties.

Watching a Millennial trying to eat a meal from a plate reminds me of a T.Rex holding down a Hadrasaur with its back leg while chomping away at its throat.

Table etiquette is a lost form.


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Why use a straw?
I can drink out of a glass or a bottle without one.
I have never come across a metal straw. I note after a little research that they are not recommended for children or to be used in a vehicle. Safety wise my understanding is that there are no reports of accidents with a metal straw. I guess the thing is that plastic straws are dangerous to marine life. I may always dispose of a plastic straw in a bin but after that, I cannot guarantee that the bin contents will not somehow end up on the ground and then in stormwater. The thing is that for most of the population straw are not necessary and where it is surely a paper one will do.


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The simple solution for those needing a straw is have a rolled edge on the ends. Thus no sharp edges and a large surface area.
Problem solved.

But agree paper ones are good too.


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Banning plastic straws is a great way to go.I pick up plenty of them on my morning walks, along with Mc Donalds packaging and a decreasing amount of coke cans. The refund of 10c has certainly made a difference there.


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The recycling Plant in my vicinity has GONE,
I suspect ALL will disappear, if what I've witnessed is the norm,
One scratch on the label will reject that article from the machine's receiver, Then said bottle or can is TOSSED aside, making a big Pollution mess outside someone building.
Pity. It should be supervised, & All rubbish removed elsewhere.
A lot of people were collecting their articles almost full time, & getting $hundreds in refunds, their bags & rubish were the big culprit.
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I heard today that 100 million cans or whatever have been taken and deposits refunded/
One town in Qld had 100000 returned. The radio jock asked if we could guess which town. My immediate thought was Woorabinda, but I was wrong, it was Biloela. Silly me I didn't realise that Woorabinda rubbish had to go to Biloela.
How is that. I doubt that the whole of Banana Shire has 30000 population, including Bilo and Woorabinda. They must spend a lot of time gettignall those cans..I just checked and the population is 15472.


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They might just like their canned german beer?
Certainly explains my can collection.

Funny how I can enjoy a good German beer with no crap in it for less than the dish water and cat piss most local brews are.


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Did you go to Melton? . (not Melb.) or were you MELTing? we have been a bit lucky with the heat this year. Only had a coupla days. of it. Nev
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