Starbucks’ Plan to Ban Straws Will Harm Disabled People | Bitch Media

I think this is an important point: «insidious attitudes about who should be “allowed” to use the resources that are available». Let’s not do that.

Source: https://www.bitchmedia.org/article/the-straw-ban-harms-disabled-people

«Picking a fight over straws may seem nonsensical, but the larger low-waste and zero-waste movements, which tend to be overwhelmingly white and nondisabled, frequently single out products that benefit the disability community, like straws or pre-cut fruits and veggies, as a wasteful use of natural resources. It’s a two-part logic: One, the planet’s resources are limited and growing scarcer, and two, the way to control that is by cutting back on the use of nonrenewables. This does little to explore which humans are using the majority of resources on Earth and where the real choke points of waste lie. And it feeds insidious attitudes about who should be “allowed” to use the resources that are available.

Rethinking the way we use natural resources is the only way to combat waste, but paradoxically, the solution some suggest is “conscious consumerism”—buying the “right kind of stuff” that will in turn save the planet. Don’t ask for a straw with your smoothie, but definitely take an ecotourism trip to Costa Rica. The “green lifestyle” can come at the expense of disabled people who are often already living low-impact lifestyles by default. (After all, disabled people can be twice as likely to live in poverty as nondisabled people.)»

 

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