Americans use 500 million drinking straws each day. I read that somewhere. Why? The restraints and fast food outlets give them to you and they throw them in the garbage after use. Why? How many people use drinking straws at home? I have long refused them. The landfills are full of little plastic things that were never even needed. They used to make them out of paper, but now they are plastic and non recyclable and being dumped in the landfills by the millions.
Do you use one at home? Probably not. Then why do you need one at Taco Bell? Our local McDonalds is the worst as they tear them open and stick them in your drink cup for me as I am apparently such a senile old geezer I can't unwrap a straw on my own.