Have you seen those straws with #iamnotplastic on them? BEWARE the clever marketing! They actually are a plastic! They are bioplastic made with natural ingredients including a plasticizer and though they aren’t made from crude oil, they are listed as “other plastic” or Symbol 7 under the plastic resin guide. To top it off, not only are these a type of plastic, but very few countries have the ability to deal with them after their use and therefore this product will sit alongside petroleum based plastic items for hundreds of years in landfill and in our oceans, harming marine life and found alongside our coastlines. In order to handle this product, countries need industrial composting facilities with the capacity to compost at 60 degrees Celsius for approximately 180 days - none of which are in the UAE or in fact most countries. PLA or corn starch products are not recyclable either, so right now there really is nowhere for PLA products to go but in landfill or ending up in the ocean. Neither is a suitable endpoint, and with only a 9% uptake of recycling in the world in the past 70 years of plastic consumption, can we really afford to wait another 70 years to get the industry up to speed to handle PLA? Wouldn’t it be better to have the end solution in place before mass producing a product that we are not capable of dealing with or have we learnt nothing over the past 70 years of plastic consumption? For replacements to plastic straws try stainless steel, glass, bamboo, paper or even pasta straws or even think whether you need a straw at all - these alternatives are truly not plastic 📸 @designbymariska Repost @azraqme .