I continue to be appalled at the number of eateries that stick straws in my beverage. I don't use straws at home and wonder why I need one if I eat someplace else. These damned plastic straws create some serious solid waste problems. And I don't understand why restaurants all think people need them. They don't even ask, they just keep putting them in your drink. How do we stop it? There must be some sway to stop the madness. We don't need all these straws.
On a related note, I seem to remember paper straws as a child before everything became plastic. At least those would degrade.