Joseph Friedman, inventor of the articulated straw, must be bending over slightly in his grave.

After hearing the news, I want to say I quickly opened the kitchen cabinet to make sure the straws were safe; that I assured our straws we would disguise them as noodles or something if the FBI ever came.

But when I heard the war on straws had started, I simply shrugged. Makes sense, I surmised.

In the information age you can learn something new everyday, like how straws are one-man killing machines. A lot of people use a lot of straws, 500 million a day in the U.S., according to the National Park Service. They are so bad for our environment some businesses, like Starbucks, are doing away with them. Others are calling for an outright ban of disposable straws.

Joseph Friedman, inventor of the articulated straw, must be bending over slightly in his grave.

When my daughter ditched her juice-box straw in favor of siphoning it upside down straight from the box, I joked she was being environmentally conscious. She slurped loudly, indicating the only thing we know for sure is that she is 6 years old. Then she asked what I meant.

"The straws are getting stuck in turtles' noses," I replied dryly, referring to a video that has circulated for a while.

"What do the turtles do?" she asked.

"I don't know," I replied, "breath out of the other nostril, I hope."

I explained that straws are tiny and light and don't always make it into the recycling bin. Sometimes they don't make it into the trash, either. Or they blow away. This means a lot more litter, which could make it to places we don't want it to be, like our curb or the ocean or turtles' noses.

"Maybe it's because the turtles don't know how to use straws," she replied. "Maybe we could teach them."

"Maybe," I replied. "Or maybe we could just use less straws."

I don't want to see litter everywhere, and I want to leave the world a better place. So we do things as a family like taking reusable bags with us to the grocery and picking up litter when we are out on a walk. Creating less waste is a good thing, I said to my daughter.

"So, we won't be able to use straws anymore?" she asked.

"There always will be straws," I assured her. "A proud society can't be expected to properly navigate a root beer float without one. We'll just try to use more reusable ones."

The fact is, unless we swing through a fast food place on a road trip or enjoy the occasional juice box, we don't really use disposable straws. My daughters already live in a reusable-straw world.

She agreed that was a good plan, as long as her little sister doesn't put them up her nose.

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