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Some restaurant chains have replaced their plastic straws with a version that looks/feels/tastes like cardboard because, I'm told, sea turtles end up with those straws in their stomach. Or some such. The inside of these cardboard straws seem to be lined with something that isn't cardboard because, I'm assuming, cardboard itself would otherwise absorb the liquid and start decomposing immediately.
Only, the cardboard straws do start to decompose before I can even finish my drink, and I end up with pieces of cardboard and whatever that coating is, in my stomach.
Somehow I'm not thinking this helps me. But then, I'm sure that sort of thinking is wrong, because the goal isn't to help me.
The restaurant Blaze Pizza doesn't even offer straws. Instead they have lids that you sip from. Yup, that's right, adult sippie cups. And it is still difficult to get much out when there's a lot of ice.
Long ago in a country far away, we grew up only knowing straws made of waxed paper. Yes, they weren't perfect but at least we did not pollute the environment with plastic. I look forward to their return when we finally come to our senses and ban plastic straws forever!