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  #2100741 3-Oct-2018 12:44
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To be honest, I was never a fan of straws - never liked to use them, but because of my fondness for fizzy drinks my dentist tells me to use a straw because, when sucked through a straw, the sugary liquid bypasses most of the teeth and goes down the throat - more or less. It definitely bypasses the front teeth anyway. Less fillings overall. 

 

So, I use them all the time now when drinking Coke, or even chocolate milk or orange juice.

 

When I'm at home, I don't throw them out the window. When I'm out I don't throw them on the sidewalk. 
I don't see what the problem is with them, personally.

 

 


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  #2100866 3-Oct-2018 15:51
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To be honest, I was never a fan of straws - never liked to use them, but because of my fondness for fizzy drinks my dentist tells me to use a straw because, when sucked through a straw, the sugary liquid bypasses most of the teeth and goes down the throat - more or less. It definitely bypasses the front teeth anyway. Less fillings overall. 

 

So, I use them all the time now when drinking Coke, or even chocolate milk or orange juice.

 

When I'm at home, I don't throw them out the window. When I'm out I don't throw them on the sidewalk. 
I don't see what the problem is with them, personally.

 

 

 

 

The problem is turtles are getting them up the nose. I doubt the turtle comes in through your window. I doubt the turtle finds them on the pavement. They get into the ocean somehow.

 

 





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  #2100867 3-Oct-2018 15:57
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da5id:

 

To be honest, I was never a fan of straws - never liked to use them, but because of my fondness for fizzy drinks my dentist tells me to use a straw because, when sucked through a straw, the sugary liquid bypasses most of the teeth and goes down the throat - more or less. It definitely bypasses the front teeth anyway. Less fillings overall. 

 

So, I use them all the time now when drinking Coke, or even chocolate milk or orange juice.

 

When I'm at home, I don't throw them out the window. When I'm out I don't throw them on the sidewalk. 
I don't see what the problem is with them, personally.

 

 

 

 

The problem is turtles are getting them up the nose. I doubt the turtle comes in through your window. I doubt the turtle finds them on the pavement. They get into the ocean somehow.

 

 

 

 

 

 

There is a single example of this video existing and saying it happens in generally is a bit of an oversight.. It was also a 3 year old video that somehow went viral again 3-4 months ago.. Whoop dee doo. 


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  #2100869 3-Oct-2018 16:02
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It is a real problem

 

 

 

 

 

 

 





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  #2100908 3-Oct-2018 18:07
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...and did any of that actually come from NZ?  





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  #2100945 3-Oct-2018 18:20
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im trying to find the straws , i can see the packing most things come in, but that seems to be ok in most places because no one seems to ban that.





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  #2100948 3-Oct-2018 18:24
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Those photos are from Wellington Beaches





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  #2100968 3-Oct-2018 18:43
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The first image is from a "West Coast Beach" according to captioning I see online. And it was washed up after a cyclone - so goodness knows how far it has blown to get here.

 

The second image is from a Petone, Wellington clean up crew. The angle at which the image is taken makes it look more than it is - 

 

 

Most probably the result of a whole day cleaning the beach. Kind of bad, yes, but not too bad for a whole beach.

 

The third image is also of Wellington beach. The round things are called 'Nurdles' and aren't ocean pollution due to rubbish. They have been spilled by a local company, IML Plastics.

 

https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/new-zealand/2018/06/frustration-mounts-over-thousands-of-plastic-nurdles-at-wellington-beach.html


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  #2100969 3-Oct-2018 18:44
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I was looking around Google News when I spotted an article on NZH regarding Countdown removing plastic straws from the shelf (URL)

 

While I can understand "all the plastic hate" at the moment, I had to ask myself - where do the straws end up when they are removed from the shelf? Does the company take them back and remanufacture them into something else, does Countdown put them into the bin or something else.

 

I also had to ask myself - if I need a straw - what are my options now?
Do Countdown sell other types of straws, or do I have to go find a supermarket that still stocks plastic one?

 



There are stainless steel straws, but these need to be cleaned.

There are pasta straws.....and they should do the job well enough unless you leave them sitting in a drink for hours. Hopefully Countdown stock them or something like them.






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  #2100971 3-Oct-2018 18:45
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...and did any of that actually come from NZ?  

 



That's Petone foreshore....so almost certainly most of it came from NZ.





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  #2100972 3-Oct-2018 18:46
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The first image is from a "West Coast Beach" according to captioning I see online.

 

The second image is from a Petone, Wellington clean up crew. The angle at which the image is taken makes it look more than it is - 

 

 

Most probably the result of a whole day cleaning the beach. Kind of bad, yes, but not too bad for a whole beach.

 

The third image is also of Wellington beach. The round things are called 'Nurdles' and aren't ocean pollution due to rubbish. They have been spilled by a local company, IML Plastics.

 

https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/new-zealand/2018/06/frustration-mounts-over-thousands-of-plastic-nurdles-at-wellington-beach.html

 

Bear in mind you're seeing what's left after the birds and fish and penguins and seals and whales ate the rest.





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  #2100978 3-Oct-2018 18:52
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da5id:

 

The first image is from a "West Coast Beach" according to captioning I see online. And it was washed up after a cyclone - so goodness knows how far it has blown to get here.

 

The second image is from a Petone, Wellington clean up crew. The angle at which the image is taken makes it look more than it is - 

 

 

Most probably the result of a whole day cleaning the beach. Kind of bad, yes, but not too bad for a whole beach.

 

The third image is also of Wellington beach. The round things are called 'Nurdles' and aren't ocean pollution due to rubbish. They have been spilled by a local company, IML Plastics.

 

https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/new-zealand/2018/06/frustration-mounts-over-thousands-of-plastic-nurdles-at-wellington-beach.html

 

 

The photo I posted was Lyall Bay. The Peone photo was from a small area the total was huge. As a boatie I can tell you our seas are a mess and plastic in on the Islands and all the coastal beaches is getting worse, beaches I used to see no plastic on are now covered. You could do well with taking a walk along our coast. The problem of plastic is NOT a myth





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  #2100980 3-Oct-2018 18:54
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da5id:

 

 

 

The third image is also of Wellington beach. The round things are called 'Nurdles' and aren't ocean pollution due to rubbish. They have been spilled by a local company, IML Plastics.

 

https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/new-zealand/2018/06/frustration-mounts-over-thousands-of-plastic-nurdles-at-wellington-beach.html

 

 

 

 

Those "nurdles" are ocean pollution. 





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  #2100982 3-Oct-2018 19:00
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  • A ban will have an economic cost of more than $75 million per year

 

Yes, but supermarkets stop buying plastic bags and giving away for free, instead selling bags to everyone who needs one. PROFIT!

 

Seriously, this belongs in the plastic bag discussion, but I can only see this as the main reason for supermarkets to remove the free plastic bags from checkouts. I doubt any supermarket or large corporation have the nature interests at heart.





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The second image is from a Petone, Wellington clean up crew. The angle at which the image is taken makes it look more than it is - 

 

 

 

Funny thing is... Not many plastic bags in sight there. Mainly containers and other types of rubish.





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