Why banning plastic straws upsets people with physical disabilities - Joseph Cettina

Why banning plastic straws upsets people with physical disabilities

( CNN) Daniel Gilbert uses plastic straws to drink his coffee in the morning. For much of his life, the 25 -year-old has carried them with him everywhere. He’s had to, because all plastic straws aren’t the same.

The Owensboro, Kentucky, resident was born with Duchenne muscular dystrophy, a genetic disorder that causes the muscles to progressively deteriorate. As his muscles weakened, it became harder for him to pick up something like a cup, so Gilbert began carrying straw when he reached his twenties.

One night, he left his straws at home while he was at a bar with his friends. Typically, he use bendable ones to stance the straw closer to his mouth. But all the bar had was plastic stirrers.

See Starbucks’ straw-free lid

Beyond Plastic: Is it time to go strawless?

brewer

About the Author

brewer

>