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On 4/9/2021 at 8:38 PM, firefly333 said:

I've never once had trouble getting a plastic straw if I wanted one on carnival.

 

How hard is it to ask for one. People act so helpless. If you want one easy. They arent gone. 

 

So on your analogy I guess either are masks? Idk hard to follow the logic.

 

Have you been on a cruise since say...the fall of 2019? They don't have them anymore.

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On 4/10/2021 at 11:46 AM, firefly333 said:

Could departure port make a difference? Galveston last on vista nov 2018. I skipped 2019, and 2020 skipped me. But nov 2018 lots of straws sitting out still. 

 

That explains it. They had plenty of straws in 2018. I think February 2019 on Vista is when I first noticed it. Instead of giving you straws you had to ask for them. Alchemy was out of the bigger black straws. You had to get the smaller clear ones from another bar. By August 2019 they were sugar straws only on Glory. Same for Magic in December 2019. And Panorama March 2020.

 

 

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First it was the trees.....no more paper.  Now it is the plastic....so back to paper.  Who knows what the do-gooders will do next.

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3 hours ago, adventuredancer said:

just in case anyone was wondering, plastic straws take about 200 years to decompose. so even with proper disposal, they are going to be in landfills for a VERY long time

You made me feel guilty .I had mcdonald's for dinner and I sure love me a mcdonald's straw.they make good fishing lures too.the spanish mackerel love them.

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1 minute ago, scpirate said:

You made me feel guilty .I had mcdonald's for dinner and I sure love me a mcdonald's straw.they make good fishing lures too.the spanish mackerel love them.

just giving the facts. plastic lasts for centuries. a plastic bag from walmart lasts about 15 years. and think of how thin those things are. disposable diapers are largely made out of plastic and last about 450 years in a landfill. which means every straw and diaper ever made is still sitting around a landfill.

if you don't like the paper straws, bring some reuseable silicone ones. i like chewing on my straws so those are good for that and i can help out the environment. i dont like the glass ones

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On 4/9/2021 at 9:26 PM, xDisconnections said:

Plastic straws have made a huge comeback in my area which nearly went to all restaurants no longer offering them. Hopefully the same happens on the ships. Until then, I’ll continue to bring as much as I need onboard.

 

#TeamPlastic

Plastic straws were the "strawmen" of the clean ocean set.  While a few photos showed turtles with straws, sorta like Al Gore's lonely polar bear, and sea gulls picking up beer and soda can carriers, most of the ocean trash is from commercial fishing and eliminating straws would do very little if anything to reduce ocean pollution.

 

Masks are all over the parking lots around here.  People just toss them.  But you can't toss anything over board anyway, so not sure how masks will end up in the ocean.  Beaches for sure.  And I doubt the efficacy of rice paper in stopping any respiratory virus.

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On 5/5/2021 at 4:59 PM, adventuredancer said:

just in case anyone was wondering, plastic straws take about 200 years to decompose. so even with proper disposal, they are going to be in landfills for a VERY long time

How long do masks take to decompose?

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On 5/5/2021 at 4:59 PM, adventuredancer said:

just in case anyone was wondering, plastic straws take about 200 years to decompose. so even with proper disposal, they are going to be in landfills for a VERY long time

Or choking dolphins...

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On 5/5/2021 at 3:59 PM, adventuredancer said:

just in case anyone was wondering, plastic straws take about 200 years to decompose. so even with proper disposal, they are going to be in landfills for a VERY long time


Once the landfill is full, cover it up and build a casino on top of it.

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masks would take a varying amount of time. if they are made out of cotton, linen, or other plant material. it could be a couple of months. that plastic ones (like the surgical masks  alot of people mention are gonna take a lot longer.

in general a man made items is gonna take years/decades/centuries to decompose instead of an item coming from a nature based source

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The only time I really like to have a straw is when I go out at night to dinner or a show and wear lipstick.  My lipstick will always get on the glass, so I prefer a straw.  The sugar ones do not stay solid very long and I don't drink quickly.  Not a huge deal, but I think getting rid of straws while letting trash float in the ocean and remain on beaches did very little.  Instead, the focus should be on getting the trash out of the ocean and off of the beaches.

Long Beach had a huge trash problem on their beaches near the port, yet I guess they banned straws.  ***eye roll**

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20 hours ago, IntrepidFromDC said:

Or choking dolphins...

dolphins are choking on Chinese and Japanese fishing nets or Vietnamese garbage not Micky D straws.

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2 hours ago, crewsweeper said:

dolphins are choking on Chinese and Japanese fishing nets or Vietnamese garbage not plastic straws.

The Problem: Over 1 million marine animals are killed each year (including dolphins, fish, sharks, turtles, and birds) due to plastic debris in the ocean (UNESCO Facts & Figures on Marine Pollution).

Whales and dolphins swallow plastic debris (like water bottles and straws) floating in the ocean. It can cause painful internal injuries that can prove fatal. Ingested plastic can also poison whales and dolphins bodies with toxic chemicals.

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well plus as a marine animal eats plastic, it doesnt get digested. just sits in their stomachs. becomes a microplastic. then it gets eaten by a large animal, etc, etc and then eventually us. 

if you know how much plastic was in the food you eat, it would be digusting

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