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New York moet plastiek-strooiverbod oorweeg

New York moet plastiek-strooiverbod oorweeg

'N Raadslid in New York hoop om plastiekstrooitjies in New York te verbied. Raadslid Rafael Espinal Jr., wat Bushwick, Bed-Stuy, Brownsville, Crown Heights, Cypress Hills en East New York verteenwoordig, het 'n wetsontwerp voorgestel wat die gebruik van plastiekstrooitjies in restaurante, kroeë, kafees, koswaens, stadions, verbied, en ander diensinstellings in die Big Apple en sy stadsdele.

'Dit is belangrik vir New Yorkers om te verstaan ​​dat die plastiekstrooi nie 'n noodsaaklikheid is nie; dit is meer 'n luukse, en ons luukse veroorsaak groot skade aan ander omgewings, 'het Espinal aan The New York Times gesê. Hy het voorgestel dat die walvis wat onlangs in Spanje met meer as 60 pond plastiek en ander asblik in die spysverteringstelsel aan wal gespoel het, net die toenemende belangrikheid en behoefte van hierdie rekening beklemtoon, volgens GrubStreet.

Espinal werk tans saam met die Wildlife Conservation Society, die organisasie agter "Give a Sip", 'n voorspraakprojek wat saam met meer as 60 besighede in New York - insluitend Eataly, Sixty Hotels en die restaurante van Tom Colicchio - werk om die gebruik van plastiekstrooi te stop.

"New Yorkers moet weet en verstaan ​​dat plastiek nie die enigste strooi is nie," het Espinal aan die Times gesê. 'Daar is papierstrooitjies, aluminiumstrooitjies en bamboesstrooitjies wat baie veiliger is vir ons omgewing, om maar net 'n paar te noem.'

Sou die voorgestelde wetsontwerp slaag, word 'n boete van $ 100 opgelê vir enige onderneming wat plastiekstrooitjies of koffiemengers aanbied. Volgens CBS2 word die wetsontwerp van die raadslid ondersteun deur burgemeester Bill de Blasio, wat ingestem het en gesê het: 'Ek glo dat ons van plastiekstrooitjies moet ontslae raak.'

Die New York Daily News berig dat plastiekstrooitjies beskikbaar sal wees vir kliënte met enige gestremdheid of mediese toestand wat dit nodig maak om so 'n strooitjie te drink.

Die beweging om plastiekstrooitjies weg te doen, kry ernstige momentum, terwyl regerings van die VK tot Taiwan verbod oorweeg. Ons het nie voorspel dat plastiekstrooitjies as 'n neiging verbied word nie, maar die meeste van ons ander voedselvoorspellings vir 2018 het waar geword!


Plastiese strooiverbiedings verontagsaam mense met gestremdhede

San Francisco het besluit om dit in restaurante, kafees en ander besighede te verbied. Die Disney Company sal dit op die gelukkigste plekke op aarde doen.

Die wêreldwye veldtog om plastiekstrooitjies weg te doen, kry momentum, aangesien omgewingsbewustes steeds probeer om plastiekafval te besoedel wat strande, parke en oseane besoedel en stortingsterreine vul. Berkeley, Oakland en Alameda is een van die groeiende lys stede wat dit in baie besighede beperk of verbied.

Maar daar is ook onbedoelde slagoffers van die veldtog.

Alva Gardner (28) van Oakland, wat serebraal gestrem is, gebruik 'n strooi by 'n Starbucks -kafee in Oakland. Gardner, wat strooitjies nodig het om te drink, sê sy wil graag hê dat restaurante strooitjies van nie-plastiek aanbied. As u dit nie doen nie, stuur u die boodskap dat mense met gestremdhede nie ewe welkom is nie, sê sy. (Doug Duran/Bay Area News Group)

Mense soos die 44-jarige inwoner van San Francisco, Alice Wong, wat 'n progressiewe neuromuskulêre gestremdheid het wat haar vermoë beïnvloed om dinge op te lig en vas te hou, haar kop te kantel, te sluk en asem te haal. Vir Wong is plastiekstrooitjies nie 'n gerief nie, dit is 'n noodsaaklikheid van die lewe, en sy sê die verbod voel soos 'n persoonlike aanval op haar. Met rietjies kan sy warm vloeistowwe drink en buig vorentoe om 'n drankie te drink, en die alternatiewe daarvoor val dikwels te maklik uitmekaar, buig nie of veroorsaak beseringsrisiko's.

Gegewe die groot verskeidenheid gestremdhede en behoeftes, sê aktiviste dat veldtogte wat strooitjies as nie-noodsaaklik beskryf, diegene ignoreer wat daarvan afhanklik is. Hulle sê dit is 'n kwessie van gelykheid.

"Wat die meeste nie-gestremde mense nie besef nie, is die hoeveelheid onsigbare en emosionele arbeid wat baie mense met gestremdhede nodig het om hul huise te verlaat en na hul sake te kyk," het Wong, stigter en direkteur van die gestremdheids-sigbaarheid, gesê. Projek. “ Om pret te hê is ook noodsaaklik, en hierdie plastiese strooiverboding belemmer my toegang tot sosiale deelname. ”

Alva Gardner, 'n 28-jarige inwoner van Oakland wat serebrale gestremdheid het en met Ability Now Bay Area werk, weerspieël die siening van Wong. Omdat ek geen strooitjie het nie, het ek in wese ongelyke toegang tot die drank wat hulle verkoop. ”

Gardner benodig 'n rietjie wanneer sy drink of medikasie neem. As gevolg van haar onwillekeurige spierbeweging, sou vloeistowwe in haar skoot beland. By 'n besoek aan 'n restaurant moet sy reeds oorweeg of sy haar gemotoriseerde rolstoel tussen tafels kan beweeg, kos kan bestel wat sy met 'n vurk kan steek of 'n toiletdeur kan sluit.

Sy het gesê dat plekke wat nie strooitjies bied nie, 'n duiselingwekkende reeks scenario's oplewer: wat as sy vergeet om haar eie rietjies op 'n spontane reis te bring? Of wat as haar rietjies uit haar sak val? Sal sy 'n metgesel moet vra om haar te help drink?

Die uitroep van Wong en ander lede van die gestremdheidsgemeenskap het wetgewers en voorstanders aangespoor om die bekommernisse aan te spreek - iets wat advokate vir gestremdhede lankal moes gebeur het.

Omgewingsbewustes wys daarop dat daar alternatiewe is vir plastiekstrooitjies, insluitend dié van metaal, glas, papier en selfs koring.

Alva Gardner vertoon haar herbruikbare rietjies. (Doug Duran/Bay Area News Group)

Eva Holman, wat die Rise Above Plastics -veldtog deur Surfrider San Francisco lei, saam met ander wat betrokke was by die verbod op San Francisco, het gesê dat haar groep die behoeftes en versoeke van gestremdes opgeneem het. Dit begin werk met strooimakers en verspreiders.

'Ek dink dit sal ons rol wees net om met baie opsies op te daag en te help om in die behoeftes van baie individuele groepe te voorsien,' het Holman gesê. 'Ek het boodskappe gekry van mense wat voorstanders is vir die gestremde gemeenskap, meestal via Facebook -boodskap en e -pos, maar ek het nog nie direkte vergaderings met gemeenskapsleiers gehad nie, want ons wou wag totdat dit verbygaan en dan volg op met die vind van oplossings in die volgende jaar. ”

Elke jaar beraam die Ocean Conservancy dat 8 miljoen ton plastiek die oseaan binnedring. Holman het gesê omgewings- en gestremdheidsadvokate kan saamwerk oor hierdie kwessie.

"Ons weet dat rietjies nodig is vir baie mense en dat ons moet seker maak dat daar oplossings is," het Holman gesê. 'Ons is nie rietstrooi nie, ons is besoedeling.'

Die Disney Company het Donderdag aangekondig dat dit teen die middel van 2019 sal stop met die gebruik van plastiekstrooitjies en -roerders in sy pretparke en ander eiendomme, nog 'n aanduiding dat die veldtog teen plastiek-strooi sterk word.

Die San Francisco Board of Supervisors het Dinsdag 'n verordening aangeneem wat restaurante, kroeë en kleinhandelaars verbied om vanaf 'n jaar plastiekvoorwerpe, veral strooitjies, te verskaf. Wong het gesê die vrystelling van die verordening vir mense met gestremdhede is hoogstens vaag.

Kontroversies oor strooiverbodings het ook in Seattle en New York ontstaan, en Lawrence Carter-Long, direkteur van kommunikasie by Disability Rights Education & amp Defence Fund, het gesê dit is omdat wetgewers nie die gemeenskap met gestremdhede geraadpleeg het nie.

Carter-Long het verduidelik dat alternatiewe nie vir almal werk nie. Glasstrooitjies kan metaalstrooitjies breek, tande kan breek of koringstrooitjies kan allergiese reaksies veroorsaak en papierstrooitjies kan pap word.

"Elke stukkie van hierdie omstredenheid kon vermy gewees het as mense die tyd geneem het, gedink het en vooraf na die gestremde gemeenskap uitgekom het, eerder as na die feit," het Carter-Long gesê.

Maar die strooikwessie hoef nie 'n konflik te wees tussen die omgewing en mense met gestremdhede nie, sê Brian Green, direkteur van tegnologie -etiek by die Santa Clara Universiteit se Markkula -sentrum vir toegepaste etiek.

"Die meeste omgewingsbewuste mense wat probeer om van strooitjies ontslae te raak, dink ek nie dat hulle kwaad sal wees teenoor gestremdes nie," het Green gesê. 'Dit is net dat hulle dit waarskynlik nie eers oorweeg het nie.'

Namate die 28ste herdenking van die Wet op Amerikaners met Gestremdhede verby is, sê advokate dat die aanbied van plastiekstrooitjies of effektiewe alternatiewe vir mense wat dit nodig het, gaan oor gasvryheid, toeganklikheid en om almal te verwelkom.

'Dit is 'n kwessie om mense met waardigheid en respek te behandel, ongeag of hulle gestremd is of nie,' sê Autumn Elliott, 'n prokureur met 'n gestremde regte in Kalifornië.


Plastiese strooiverbiedings verontagsaam mense met gestremdhede

San Francisco het besluit om dit in restaurante, kafees en ander besighede te verbied. Die Disney Company sal dit op die gelukkigste plekke op aarde doen.

Die wêreldwye veldtog om plastiekstrooitjies weg te doen, kry momentum, aangesien omgewingsbewustes steeds probeer om plastiekafval te besoedel wat strande, parke en oseane besoedel en stortingsterreine vul. Berkeley, Oakland en Alameda is een van die groeiende lys stede wat dit in baie besighede beperk of verbied.

Maar daar is ook onbedoelde slagoffers van die veldtog.

Alva Gardner (28) van Oakland, wat serebraal gestrem is, gebruik 'n strooi by 'n Starbucks -kafee in Oakland. Gardner, wat strooitjies nodig het om te drink, sê dat restaurante nie-plastiek strooitjies wil aanbied. As u dit nie doen nie, stuur u die boodskap dat mense met gestremdhede nie ewe welkom is nie, sê sy. (Doug Duran/Bay Area News Group)

Mense soos die 44-jarige inwoner van San Francisco, Alice Wong, wat 'n progressiewe neuromuskulêre gestremdheid het wat haar vermoë beïnvloed om dinge op te lig en vas te hou, haar kop te kantel, te sluk en asem te haal. Vir Wong is plastiekstrooitjies nie 'n gerief nie, dit is 'n noodsaaklikheid van die lewe, en sy sê die verbod voel soos 'n persoonlike aanval op haar. Met rietjies kan sy warm vloeistowwe drink en buig vorentoe om 'n drankie te drink, en die alternatiewe daarvoor val dikwels te maklik uitmekaar, buig nie of veroorsaak beseringsrisiko's.

Gegewe die groot verskeidenheid gestremdhede en behoeftes, sê aktiviste dat veldtogte wat strooitjies as nie-noodsaaklik beskryf, diegene ignoreer wat daarvan afhanklik is. Hulle sê dit is 'n kwessie van gelykheid.

"Wat die meeste nie-gestremdes nie besef nie, is die hoeveelheid onsigbare en emosionele arbeid wat baie mense met gestremdhede nodig het om hul huise te verlaat en na hul sake te kyk," het Wong, stigter en direkteur van die gestremde sigbaarheid, gesê. Projek. “ Om pret te hê is ook noodsaaklik, en hierdie plastiese strooiverboding belemmer my toegang tot sosiale deelname. ”

Alva Gardner, 'n 28-jarige inwoner van Oakland wat serebrale gestremdheid het en met Ability Now Bay Area werk, weerspieël die siening van Wong. Omdat ek geen strooitjie het nie, het ek in wese ongelyke toegang tot die drank wat hulle verkoop. ”

Gardner benodig 'n rietjie wanneer sy drink of medikasie neem. Andersins, as gevolg van haar onwillekeurige spierbeweging, sou vloeistowwe in haar skoot beland. By 'n besoek aan 'n restaurant moet sy reeds oorweeg of sy haar gemotoriseerde rolstoel tussen tafels kan beweeg, kos kan bestel wat sy met 'n vurk kan steek of 'n toiletdeur kan sluit.

Sy het gesê dat plekke wat nie strooitjies bied nie, 'n duiselingwekkende reeks scenario's oplewer: wat as sy vergeet om haar eie rietjies op 'n spontane reis te bring? Of wat as haar rietjies uit haar sak val? Sal sy 'n metgesel moet vra om haar te help drink?

Die uitroep van Wong en ander lede van die gestremdheidsgemeenskap het wetgewers en voorstanders aangespoor om die bekommernisse aan te spreek - iets wat advokate vir gestremdhede lankal moes gebeur het.

Omgewingsbewustes wys daarop dat daar alternatiewe is vir plastiekstrooitjies, insluitend dié van metaal, glas, papier en selfs koring.

Alva Gardner vertoon haar herbruikbare rietjies. (Doug Duran/Bay Area News Group)

Eva Holman, wat die Rise Above Plastics -veldtog deur Surfrider San Francisco lei, saam met ander wat betrokke was by die verbod op San Francisco, het gesê dat haar groep die behoeftes en versoeke van gestremdes opgeneem het. Dit begin werk met strooimakers en verspreiders.

'Ek dink dit sal ons rol wees net om met baie opsies op te daag en te help om in die behoeftes van baie individuele groepe te voorsien,' het Holman gesê. 'Ek het boodskappe gekry van mense wat voorstanders vir die gestremdheidsgemeenskap is, meestal via Facebook -boodskap en e -pos, maar ek het nog nie direkte vergaderings met gemeenskapsleiers gehad nie, want ons wou wag totdat dit verbygaan en dan volg op met die vind van oplossings in die volgende jaar. ”

Elke jaar beraam die Ocean Conservancy dat 8 miljoen ton plastiek die oseaan binnedring. Holman het gesê omgewings- en gestremdheidsadvokate kan saamwerk oor hierdie kwessie.

"Ons weet dat rietjies nodig is vir baie mense en dat ons moet seker maak dat daar oplossings is," het Holman gesê. 'Ons is nie rietstrooi nie, ons is besoedeling.'

Die Disney Company het Donderdag aangekondig dat dit teen die middel van 2019 sal stop met die gebruik van plastiekstrooitjies en -roerders in sy pretparke en ander eiendomme, nog 'n aanduiding dat die veldtog teen plastiek-strooi sterk word.

Die San Francisco Board of Supervisors het Dinsdag 'n verordening aangeneem wat restaurante, kroeë en kleinhandelaars verbied om vanaf 'n jaar plastiekvoorwerpe, veral strooitjies, te verskaf. Wong het gesê die vrystelling van die verordening vir mense met gestremdhede is hoogstens vaag.

Kontroversies oor strooiverbodings het ook in Seattle en New York ontstaan, en Lawrence Carter-Long, direkteur van kommunikasie by Disability Rights Education & amp Defence Fund, het gesê dit is omdat wetgewers nie die gemeenskap met gestremdhede geraadpleeg het nie.

Carter-Long het verduidelik dat alternatiewe nie vir almal werk nie. Glasstrooitjies kan metaalstrooitjies breek, tande kan breek of koringstrooitjies kan allergiese reaksies veroorsaak en papierstrooitjies kan pap word.

"Elke stukkie van hierdie omstredenheid kon vermy gewees het as mense die tyd geneem het, gedink het en vooraf na die gemeenskap met gestremdhede gekom het, eerder as na die feit," het Carter-Long gesê.

Maar die strooikwessie hoef nie 'n konflik te wees tussen die omgewing en mense met gestremdhede nie, sê Brian Green, direkteur van tegnologie -etiek by die Santa Clara Universiteit se Markkula -sentrum vir toegepaste etiek.

"Die meeste omgewingsbewuste mense wat probeer om van strooitjies ontslae te raak, dink ek nie dat hulle kwaad sal wees teenoor gestremdes nie," het Green gesê. 'Dit is net dat hulle dit waarskynlik nie eers oorweeg het nie.'

Namate die 28ste herdenking van die Wet op Amerikaners met Gestremdhede verby is, sê advokate dat die aanbied van plastiekstrooitjies of effektiewe alternatiewe vir mense wat dit nodig het, gaan oor gasvryheid, toeganklikheid en om almal te verwelkom.

'Dit is 'n kwessie om mense met waardigheid en respek te behandel, ongeag of hulle 'n gestremdheid het of nie,' sê Autumn Elliott, 'n prokureur met gestremdheidsregte in Kalifornië.


Plastiese strooiverbiedings verontagsaam mense met gestremdhede

San Francisco het besluit om dit in restaurante, kafees en ander besighede te verbied. Die Disney Company sal dit op die gelukkigste plekke op aarde doen.

Die wêreldwye veldtog om plastiekstrooitjies weg te doen, kry momentum, aangesien omgewingsbewustes steeds probeer om plastiekafval te besoedel wat strande, parke en oseane besoedel en stortingsterreine vul. Berkeley, Oakland en Alameda is een van die groeiende lys stede wat dit in baie besighede beperk of verbied.

Maar daar is ook onbedoelde slagoffers van die veldtog.

Alva Gardner (28) van Oakland, wat serebraal gestrem is, gebruik 'n strooi by 'n Starbucks -kafee in Oakland. Gardner, wat strooitjies nodig het om te drink, sê sy wil graag hê dat restaurante strooitjies van nie-plastiek aanbied. As u dit nie doen nie, stuur u die boodskap dat mense met gestremdhede nie ewe welkom is nie, sê sy. (Doug Duran/Bay Area News Group)

Mense soos die 44-jarige inwoner van San Francisco, Alice Wong, wat 'n progressiewe neuromuskulêre gestremdheid het wat haar vermoë beïnvloed om dinge op te lig en vas te hou, haar kop te kantel, te sluk en asem te haal. Vir Wong is plastiekstrooitjies nie 'n gerief nie, dit is 'n noodsaaklikheid van die lewe, en sy sê die verbod voel soos 'n persoonlike aanval op haar. Met rietjies kan sy warm vloeistowwe drink en buig vorentoe om 'n drankie te drink, en die alternatiewe daarvoor val dikwels te maklik uitmekaar, buig nie of veroorsaak beseringsrisiko's.

Gegewe die groot verskeidenheid gestremdhede en behoeftes, sê aktiviste dat veldtogte wat strooitjies as nie-noodsaaklik beskryf, diegene ignoreer wat daarvan afhanklik is. Hulle sê dit is 'n kwessie van gelykheid.

"Wat die meeste nie-gestremde mense nie besef nie, is die hoeveelheid onsigbare en emosionele arbeid wat baie mense met gestremdhede nodig het om hul huise te verlaat en na hul sake te kyk," het Wong, stigter en direkteur van die gestremdheids-sigbaarheid, gesê. Projek. “ Om pret te hê is ook noodsaaklik, en hierdie plastiese strooiverboding belemmer my toegang tot sosiale deelname. ”

Alva Gardner, 'n 28-jarige inwoner van Oakland wat serebrale gestremdheid het en met Ability Now Bay Area werk, weerspieël die siening van Wong. Omdat ek geen strooitjie het nie, het ek in wese ongelyke toegang tot die drank wat hulle verkoop. ”

Gardner benodig 'n rietjie wanneer sy drink of medikasie neem. Andersins, as gevolg van haar onwillekeurige spierbeweging, sou vloeistowwe in haar skoot beland. By 'n besoek aan 'n restaurant moet sy reeds oorweeg of sy haar gemotoriseerde rolstoel tussen tafels kan beweeg, kos kan bestel wat sy met 'n vurk kan steek of 'n toiletdeur kan sluit.

Sy het gesê dat plekke wat nie rietjies bied nie, 'n duiselingwekkende reeks scenario's oplewer: wat as sy vergeet om haar eie rietjies op 'n spontane reis te bring? Of wat as haar rietjies uit haar sak val? Sal sy 'n metgesel moet vra om haar te help drink?

Die uitroep van Wong en ander lede van die gestremdheidsgemeenskap het wetgewers en voorstanders aangespoor om die bekommernisse aan te spreek - iets wat advokate vir gestremdhede lankal moes gebeur het.

Omgewingsbewustes wys daarop dat daar alternatiewe is vir plastiekstrooitjies, insluitend metaal, glas, papier en selfs koring.

Alva Gardner vertoon haar herbruikbare rietjies. (Doug Duran/Bay Area News Group)

Eva Holman, wat die Rise Above Plastics -veldtog deur Surfrider San Francisco lei, saam met ander wat betrokke was by die verbod op San Francisco, het gesê dat haar groep die behoeftes en versoeke van gestremdes opgeneem het. Dit begin werk met strooimakers en verspreiders.

'Ek dink dit sal ons rol wees net om met baie opsies op te daag en te help om in die behoeftes van baie individuele groepe te voorsien,' het Holman gesê. 'Ek het boodskappe gekry van mense wat voorstanders is vir die gestremde gemeenskap, meestal via Facebook -boodskap en e -pos, maar ek het nog nie direkte vergaderings met gemeenskapsleiers gehad nie, want ons wou wag totdat dit verbygaan en dan volg op met die vind van oplossings in die volgende jaar. ”

Elke jaar beraam die Ocean Conservancy dat 8 miljoen ton plastiek die oseaan binnedring. Holman het gesê omgewings- en gestremdheidsadvokate kan saamwerk oor hierdie kwessie.

"Ons weet dat rietjies nodig is vir baie mense en dat ons moet seker maak dat daar oplossings is," het Holman gesê. 'Ons is nie rietstrooi nie, ons is besoedeling.'

Die Disney Company het Donderdag aangekondig dat dit teen die middel van 2019 sal stop met die gebruik van plastiekstrooitjies en -roerders in sy pretparke en ander eiendomme, nog 'n aanduiding dat die veldtog teen plastiekstropery besig is om op te vang.

Die San Francisco Board of Supervisors het Dinsdag 'n verordening aangeneem wat restaurante, kroeë en kleinhandelaars verbied om vanaf 'n jaar plastiekvoorwerpe, veral strooitjies, te verskaf. Wong het gesê die vrystelling van die verordening vir mense met gestremdhede is hoogstens vaag.

Kontroversies oor strooiverbodings het ook in Seattle en New York ontstaan, en Lawrence Carter-Long, direkteur van kommunikasie by Disability Rights Education & amp Defence Fund, het gesê dit is omdat wetgewers nie die gemeenskap met gestremdhede geraadpleeg het nie.

Carter-Long het verduidelik dat alternatiewe nie vir almal werk nie. Glasstrooitjies kan metaalstrooitjies breek, tande kan breek of koringstrooitjies kan allergiese reaksies veroorsaak en papierstrooitjies kan pap word.

"Elke stukkie van hierdie omstredenheid kon vermy gewees het as mense die tyd geneem het, gedink het en vooraf na die gemeenskap met gestremdhede gekom het, eerder as na die feit," het Carter-Long gesê.

Maar die strooikwessie hoef nie 'n konflik te wees tussen die omgewing en mense met gestremdhede nie, sê Brian Green, direkteur van tegnologie -etiek by die Santa Clara Universiteit se Markkula -sentrum vir toegepaste etiek.

"Die meeste omgewingsbewuste mense wat probeer om van strooitjies ontslae te raak, dink ek nie dat hulle kwaad sal wees teenoor gestremdes nie," het Green gesê. 'Dit is net dat hulle dit waarskynlik nie eers oorweeg het nie.'

Namate die 28ste herdenking van die Wet op Amerikaners met Gestremdhede verby is, sê advokate dat die aanbied van plastiekstrooitjies of effektiewe alternatiewe vir mense wat dit nodig het, gaan oor gasvryheid, toeganklikheid en om almal te verwelkom.

'Dit is 'n kwessie om mense met waardigheid en respek te behandel, ongeag of hulle 'n gestremdheid het of nie,' sê Autumn Elliott, 'n prokureur met gestremdheidsregte in Kalifornië.


Plastiese strooiverbiedings verontagsaam mense met gestremdhede

San Francisco het besluit om dit in restaurante, kafees en ander besighede te verbied. Die Disney Company sal dit op die gelukkigste plekke op aarde doen.

Die wêreldwye veldtog om plastiekstrooitjies weg te doen, kry momentum, aangesien omgewingsbewustes steeds probeer om plastiekafval te besoedel wat strande, parke en oseane besoedel en stortingsterreine vul. Berkeley, Oakland en Alameda is een van die groeiende lys stede wat dit in baie besighede beperk of verbied.

Maar daar is ook onbedoelde slagoffers van die veldtog.

Alva Gardner (28) van Oakland, wat serebraal gestrem is, gebruik 'n strooi by 'n Starbucks -kafee in Oakland. Gardner, wat strooitjies nodig het om te drink, sê dat restaurante nie-plastiek strooitjies wil aanbied. As u dit nie doen nie, stuur u die boodskap dat mense met gestremdhede nie ewe welkom is nie, sê sy. (Doug Duran/Bay Area News Group)

Mense soos die 44-jarige inwoner van San Francisco, Alice Wong, wat 'n progressiewe neuromuskulêre gestremdheid het wat haar vermoë beïnvloed om dinge op te lig en vas te hou, haar kop te kantel, te sluk en asem te haal. Vir Wong is plastiekstrooitjies nie 'n gerief nie, dit is 'n noodsaaklikheid van die lewe, en sy sê die verbod voel soos 'n persoonlike aanval op haar. Met rietjies kan sy warm vloeistowwe drink en buig vorentoe om 'n drankie te drink, en die alternatiewe daarvoor val dikwels te maklik uitmekaar, buig nie of veroorsaak beseringsrisiko's.

Gegewe die groot verskeidenheid gestremdhede en behoeftes, sê aktiviste dat veldtogte wat strooitjies as nie-noodsaaklik skilder, diegene ignoreer wat daarvan afhanklik is. Hulle sê dit is 'n kwessie van gelykheid.

"Wat die meeste nie-gestremdes nie besef nie, is die hoeveelheid onsigbare en emosionele arbeid wat baie mense met gestremdhede nodig het om hul huise te verlaat en na hul sake te kyk," het Wong, stigter en direkteur van die gestremde sigbaarheid, gesê. Projek. “ Om pret te hê is ook noodsaaklik, en hierdie plastiese strooiverboding belemmer my toegang tot sosiale deelname. ”

Alva Gardner, 'n 28-jarige inwoner van Oakland wat serebrale gestremdheid het en met Ability Now Bay Area werk, weerspieël die siening van Wong. Omdat ek geen strooitjie het nie, het ek in wese ongelyke toegang tot die drank wat hulle verkoop. ”

Gardner benodig 'n rietjie wanneer sy drink of medikasie neem. Andersins, as gevolg van haar onwillekeurige spierbeweging, sou vloeistowwe in haar skoot beland. By 'n besoek aan 'n restaurant moet sy reeds oorweeg of sy haar gemotoriseerde rolstoel tussen tafels kan beweeg, kos kan bestel wat sy met 'n vurk kan steek of 'n toiletdeur kan sluit.

Sy het gesê dat plekke wat nie strooitjies bied nie, 'n duiselingwekkende reeks scenario's oplewer: wat as sy vergeet om haar eie rietjies op 'n spontane reis te bring? Of wat as haar rietjies uit haar sak val? Sal sy 'n metgesel moet vra om haar te help drink?

Die uitroep van Wong en ander lede van die gestremdheidsgemeenskap het wetgewers en voorstanders aangespoor om die bekommernisse aan te spreek - iets wat advokate vir gestremdhede lankal moes gebeur het.

Omgewingsbewustes wys daarop dat daar alternatiewe is vir plastiekstrooitjies, insluitend metaal, glas, papier en selfs koring.

Alva Gardner vertoon haar herbruikbare rietjies. (Doug Duran/Bay Area News Group)

Eva Holman, wat die Rise Above Plastics -veldtog deur Surfrider San Francisco lei, saam met ander wat betrokke was by die verbod op San Francisco, het gesê dat haar groep die behoeftes en versoeke van gestremdes opgeneem het. Dit begin werk met strooimakers en verspreiders.

'Ek dink dit sal ons rol wees net om met baie opsies op te daag en te help om in die behoeftes van baie individuele groepe te voorsien,' het Holman gesê. 'Ek het boodskappe gekry van mense wat voorstanders vir die gestremdheidsgemeenskap is, meestal via Facebook -boodskap en e -pos, maar ek het nog nie direkte vergaderings met gemeenskapsleiers gehad nie, want ons wou wag totdat dit verbygaan en dan volg op met die vind van oplossings in die volgende jaar. ”

Elke jaar beraam die Ocean Conservancy dat 8 miljoen ton plastiek die oseaan binnedring. Holman het gesê omgewings- en gestremdheidsadvokate kan saamwerk oor hierdie kwessie.

"Ons weet dat rietjies nodig is vir baie mense en dat ons moet seker maak dat daar oplossings is," het Holman gesê. 'Ons is nie rietstrooi nie, ons is besoedeling.'

Die Disney Company het Donderdag aangekondig dat dit teen die middel van 2019 sal stop met die gebruik van plastiekstrooitjies en -roerders in sy pretparke en ander eiendomme, nog 'n aanduiding dat die veldtog teen plastiek-strooi sterk word.

Die San Francisco Board of Supervisors het Dinsdag 'n verordening aangeneem wat restaurante, kroeë en kleinhandelaars verbied om vanaf 'n jaar plastiekvoorwerpe, veral strooitjies, te verskaf. Wong het gesê die vrystelling van die verordening vir mense met gestremdhede is hoogstens vaag.

Kontroversies oor strooiverbodings het ook in Seattle en New York ontstaan, en Lawrence Carter-Long, direkteur van kommunikasie by Disability Rights Education & amp Defence Fund, het gesê dit is omdat wetgewers nie die gemeenskap met gestremdhede geraadpleeg het nie.

Carter-Long het verduidelik dat alternatiewe nie vir almal werk nie. Glasstrooitjies kan metaalstrooitjies breek, tande kan breek of koringstrooitjies kan allergiese reaksies veroorsaak en papierstrooitjies kan pap word.

"Elke stukkie van hierdie omstredenheid kon vermy gewees het as mense die tyd geneem het, gedink het en vooraf na die gestremde gemeenskap uitgekom het, eerder as na die feit," het Carter-Long gesê.

Maar die strooikwessie hoef nie 'n konflik te wees tussen die omgewing en mense met gestremdhede nie, sê Brian Green, direkteur van tegnologie -etiek by die Santa Clara Universiteit se Markkula -sentrum vir toegepaste etiek.

"Die meeste omgewingsbewuste mense wat probeer om van strooitjies ontslae te raak, dink ek nie dat hulle kwaad sal wees teenoor gestremdes nie," het Green gesê. 'Dit is net dat hulle dit waarskynlik nie eers oorweeg het nie.'

Namate die 28ste herdenking van die Wet op Amerikaners met Gestremdhede verby is, sê advokate dat die aanbied van plastiekstrooitjies of effektiewe alternatiewe vir mense wat dit nodig het, gaan oor gasvryheid, toeganklikheid en om almal te verwelkom.

'Dit is 'n kwessie om mense met waardigheid en respek te behandel, ongeag of hulle 'n gestremdheid het of nie,' sê Autumn Elliott, 'n prokureur met gestremdheidsregte in Kalifornië.


Plastiese strooiverbiedings verontagsaam mense met gestremdhede

San Francisco het besluit om dit in restaurante, kafees en ander besighede te verbied. Die Disney Company sal dit op die gelukkigste plekke op aarde doen.

Die wêreldwye veldtog om plastiekstrooitjies weg te doen, kry momentum, aangesien omgewingsbewustes steeds probeer om plastiekafval te besoedel wat strande, parke en oseane besoedel en stortingsterreine vul. Berkeley, Oakland en Alameda is een van die groeiende lys stede wat dit in baie besighede beperk of verbied.

Maar daar is ook onbedoelde slagoffers van die veldtog.

Alva Gardner (28) van Oakland, wat serebraal gestrem is, gebruik 'n strooi by 'n Starbucks -kafee in Oakland. Gardner, wat strooitjies nodig het om te drink, sê sy wil graag hê dat restaurante strooitjies van nie-plastiek aanbied. As u dit nie doen nie, stuur u die boodskap dat mense met gestremdhede nie ewe welkom is nie, sê sy. (Doug Duran/Bay Area News Group)

Mense soos die 44-jarige inwoner van San Francisco, Alice Wong, wat 'n progressiewe neuromuskulêre gestremdheid het wat haar vermoë beïnvloed om dinge op te lig en vas te hou, haar kop te kantel, te sluk en asem te haal. Vir Wong is plastiekstrooitjies nie 'n gerief nie, dit is 'n noodsaaklikheid van die lewe, en sy sê die verbod voel soos 'n persoonlike aanval op haar. Met rietjies kan sy warm vloeistowwe drink en buig vorentoe om 'n drankie te drink, en die alternatiewe daarvoor val dikwels te maklik uitmekaar, buig nie of veroorsaak beseringsrisiko's.

Gegewe die groot verskeidenheid gestremdhede en behoeftes, sê aktiviste dat veldtogte wat strooitjies as nie-noodsaaklik beskryf, diegene ignoreer wat daarvan afhanklik is. Hulle sê dit is 'n kwessie van gelykheid.

"Wat die meeste nie-gestremde mense nie besef nie, is die hoeveelheid onsigbare en emosionele arbeid wat baie mense met gestremdhede nodig het om hul huise te verlaat en na hul sake te kyk," het Wong, stigter en direkteur van die gestremdheids-sigbaarheid, gesê. Projek. “ Om pret te hê is ook noodsaaklik, en hierdie plastiese strooiverboding belemmer my toegang tot sosiale deelname. ”

Alva Gardner, 'n 28-jarige inwoner van Oakland wat serebrale gestremdheid het en met Ability Now Bay Area werk, weerspieël die siening van Wong. Omdat ek geen strooitjie het nie, het ek in wese ongelyke toegang tot die drank wat hulle verkoop. ”

Gardner benodig 'n rietjie wanneer sy drink of medikasie neem. Andersins, as gevolg van haar onwillekeurige spierbeweging, sou vloeistowwe in haar skoot beland. By 'n besoek aan 'n restaurant moet sy reeds oorweeg of sy haar gemotoriseerde rolstoel tussen tafels kan beweeg, kos kan bestel wat sy met 'n vurk kan steek of 'n toiletdeur kan sluit.

Sy het gesê dat plekke wat nie strooitjies bied nie, 'n duiselingwekkende reeks scenario's oplewer: wat as sy vergeet om haar eie rietjies op 'n spontane reis te bring? Of wat as haar rietjies uit haar sak val? Sal sy 'n metgesel moet vra om haar te help drink?

The outcry from Wong and other members of the disability community has prompted legislators and proponents to try to address the concerns — something disability rights advocates say should have happened long ago.

Environmentalists point out there are alternatives to plastic straws, including ones made out of metal, glass, paper, and even corn.

Alva Gardner displays her reusable straws. (Doug Duran/Bay Area News Group)

Along with others involved in passing the San Francisco ban, Eva Holman, who leads the Rise Above Plastics Campaign by Surfrider San Francisco, said her group has been absorbing disabled people’s needs and requests. It is beginning to work with straw makers and distributors.

“I think it’ll be our role just to show up with a lot of options and help meet the needs for lots of individual groups,” Holman said. “I’ve been getting messages from people that are advocates for the disability community, mostly via Facebook message and email, but I haven’t had any meetings directly with disabled community leaders yet because we wanted to wait for this to pass and then to follow up with finding solutions in the next year.”

Every year, the Ocean Conservancy estimates 8 million metric tons of plastic go into the ocean. Holman said environmental and disability advocates can work together on this issue.

“We know that straws are necessary for many people and that we need to make sure that solutions are there,” Holman said. “We’re not anti-straws we’re anti-pollution.”

The Disney Company on Thursday announced it will stop using plastic straws and stirrers in its theme parks and other properties by mid-2019, another indication that the anti-plastic straw campaign is gaining traction.

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors on Tuesday passed an ordinance prohibiting restaurants, bars and retailers from providing plastic items, most notably straws, starting a year from now. Wong said the ordinance’s exemption for people with disabilities is vague at best.

Straw ban controversies also have arisen in Seattle and New York City, and Lawrence Carter-Long, Director of Communications at Disability Rights Education & Defense Fund, said it’s because legislators did not consult the disability community.

Carter-Long explained that alternatives do not work for everyone. Glass straws can shatter metal straws can break teeth wheat or corn straws can cause allergic reactions and paper straws can turn to mush.

“Every single bit of this controversy could’ve been avoided if people had taken the time, stopped to think, and reached out to the disability community beforehand rather than after the fact,” Carter-Long said.

But the straw issue doesn’t have to be a conflict between the environment and people with disabilities, said Brian Green, director of technology ethics at Santa Clara University’s Markkula Center for Applied Ethics.

“Most environmentally-conscious people who are trying to get rid of straws, I don’t think they would have any malice against disabled people,” Green said. “It’s just that they probably haven’t even considered it.”

As the 28th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act passes, advocates say offering plastic straws or effective alternatives to people who need them is about hospitality, accessibility and welcoming everyone.

“It’s a matter of treating people with dignity and respect, no matter if they have a disability or not,” said Autumn Elliott, a lawyer with Disability Rights California.


Plastic straw bans disregard people with disabilities

San Francisco has decided to ban them in restaurants, cafes and other businesses. The Disney Company will do so in the happiest places on earth.

The global campaign to do away with plastic drinking straws is gaining momentum as environmentalists continue to try to reduce plastic waste polluting beaches, parks and oceans and filling landfills. Berkeley, Oakland and Alameda are among the growing list of cities that restrict or ban them in many businesses.

But there are also unintended victims of the campaign.

Alva Gardner, 28, of Oakland, who has cerebral palsy, uses a straw at a Starbucks cafe in Oakland. Gardner, who needs straws to drink, says she would like for restaurants to offer non-plastic straws. Not doing so sends the message that people with disabilities are not equally welcome, she says. (Doug Duran/Bay Area News Group)

People such as 44-year-old San Francisco resident Alice Wong, who has a progressive neuromuscular disability that affects her ability to lift and hold things, tilt her head, swallow and breathe. For Wong, plastic straws aren’t a convenience, they are a necessity of life, and she says the ban feels like a personal attack on her. Straws allow her to drink hot liquids and bend forward to sip a drink, and the alternatives to them often fall apart too easily, fail to bend, or pose injury risks.

Given the wide range of disabilities and needs, activists say campaigns painting straws as non-essential ignore those who depend on them. It is, they say, an issue of equality.

“What most non-disabled people do not realize is the amount of invisible and emotional labor it takes for a lot of disabled people to leave their homes and take care of their business,” said Wong, founder and director of the Disability Visibility Project. “Having fun is essential too, and this plastic straw ban interferes with my access to social participation.”

Alva Gardner, a 28-year-old Oakland resident who has cerebral palsy and works with Ability Now Bay Area, echoed Wong’s view. “By not having a straw, essentially I have unequal access to the beverages that they are selling.”

Gardner needs a straw whenever she drinks or takes medication. Otherwise, because of her involuntary muscle movement, liquids would end up in her lap. When visiting a restaurant, she already has to consider whether she can maneuver her motorized wheelchair between tables, order foods she can poke with a fork or close a restroom stall door.

She said places that don’t offer straws bring up a dizzying set of scenarios: What if she forgets to bring her own straws on a spontaneous trip? Or what if her straws fall out of her bag? Will she have to ask a companion to help her drink?

The outcry from Wong and other members of the disability community has prompted legislators and proponents to try to address the concerns — something disability rights advocates say should have happened long ago.

Environmentalists point out there are alternatives to plastic straws, including ones made out of metal, glass, paper, and even corn.

Alva Gardner displays her reusable straws. (Doug Duran/Bay Area News Group)

Along with others involved in passing the San Francisco ban, Eva Holman, who leads the Rise Above Plastics Campaign by Surfrider San Francisco, said her group has been absorbing disabled people’s needs and requests. It is beginning to work with straw makers and distributors.

“I think it’ll be our role just to show up with a lot of options and help meet the needs for lots of individual groups,” Holman said. “I’ve been getting messages from people that are advocates for the disability community, mostly via Facebook message and email, but I haven’t had any meetings directly with disabled community leaders yet because we wanted to wait for this to pass and then to follow up with finding solutions in the next year.”

Every year, the Ocean Conservancy estimates 8 million metric tons of plastic go into the ocean. Holman said environmental and disability advocates can work together on this issue.

“We know that straws are necessary for many people and that we need to make sure that solutions are there,” Holman said. “We’re not anti-straws we’re anti-pollution.”

The Disney Company on Thursday announced it will stop using plastic straws and stirrers in its theme parks and other properties by mid-2019, another indication that the anti-plastic straw campaign is gaining traction.

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors on Tuesday passed an ordinance prohibiting restaurants, bars and retailers from providing plastic items, most notably straws, starting a year from now. Wong said the ordinance’s exemption for people with disabilities is vague at best.

Straw ban controversies also have arisen in Seattle and New York City, and Lawrence Carter-Long, Director of Communications at Disability Rights Education & Defense Fund, said it’s because legislators did not consult the disability community.

Carter-Long explained that alternatives do not work for everyone. Glass straws can shatter metal straws can break teeth wheat or corn straws can cause allergic reactions and paper straws can turn to mush.

“Every single bit of this controversy could’ve been avoided if people had taken the time, stopped to think, and reached out to the disability community beforehand rather than after the fact,” Carter-Long said.

But the straw issue doesn’t have to be a conflict between the environment and people with disabilities, said Brian Green, director of technology ethics at Santa Clara University’s Markkula Center for Applied Ethics.

“Most environmentally-conscious people who are trying to get rid of straws, I don’t think they would have any malice against disabled people,” Green said. “It’s just that they probably haven’t even considered it.”

As the 28th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act passes, advocates say offering plastic straws or effective alternatives to people who need them is about hospitality, accessibility and welcoming everyone.

“It’s a matter of treating people with dignity and respect, no matter if they have a disability or not,” said Autumn Elliott, a lawyer with Disability Rights California.


Plastic straw bans disregard people with disabilities

San Francisco has decided to ban them in restaurants, cafes and other businesses. The Disney Company will do so in the happiest places on earth.

The global campaign to do away with plastic drinking straws is gaining momentum as environmentalists continue to try to reduce plastic waste polluting beaches, parks and oceans and filling landfills. Berkeley, Oakland and Alameda are among the growing list of cities that restrict or ban them in many businesses.

But there are also unintended victims of the campaign.

Alva Gardner, 28, of Oakland, who has cerebral palsy, uses a straw at a Starbucks cafe in Oakland. Gardner, who needs straws to drink, says she would like for restaurants to offer non-plastic straws. Not doing so sends the message that people with disabilities are not equally welcome, she says. (Doug Duran/Bay Area News Group)

People such as 44-year-old San Francisco resident Alice Wong, who has a progressive neuromuscular disability that affects her ability to lift and hold things, tilt her head, swallow and breathe. For Wong, plastic straws aren’t a convenience, they are a necessity of life, and she says the ban feels like a personal attack on her. Straws allow her to drink hot liquids and bend forward to sip a drink, and the alternatives to them often fall apart too easily, fail to bend, or pose injury risks.

Given the wide range of disabilities and needs, activists say campaigns painting straws as non-essential ignore those who depend on them. It is, they say, an issue of equality.

“What most non-disabled people do not realize is the amount of invisible and emotional labor it takes for a lot of disabled people to leave their homes and take care of their business,” said Wong, founder and director of the Disability Visibility Project. “Having fun is essential too, and this plastic straw ban interferes with my access to social participation.”

Alva Gardner, a 28-year-old Oakland resident who has cerebral palsy and works with Ability Now Bay Area, echoed Wong’s view. “By not having a straw, essentially I have unequal access to the beverages that they are selling.”

Gardner needs a straw whenever she drinks or takes medication. Otherwise, because of her involuntary muscle movement, liquids would end up in her lap. When visiting a restaurant, she already has to consider whether she can maneuver her motorized wheelchair between tables, order foods she can poke with a fork or close a restroom stall door.

She said places that don’t offer straws bring up a dizzying set of scenarios: What if she forgets to bring her own straws on a spontaneous trip? Or what if her straws fall out of her bag? Will she have to ask a companion to help her drink?

The outcry from Wong and other members of the disability community has prompted legislators and proponents to try to address the concerns — something disability rights advocates say should have happened long ago.

Environmentalists point out there are alternatives to plastic straws, including ones made out of metal, glass, paper, and even corn.

Alva Gardner displays her reusable straws. (Doug Duran/Bay Area News Group)

Along with others involved in passing the San Francisco ban, Eva Holman, who leads the Rise Above Plastics Campaign by Surfrider San Francisco, said her group has been absorbing disabled people’s needs and requests. It is beginning to work with straw makers and distributors.

“I think it’ll be our role just to show up with a lot of options and help meet the needs for lots of individual groups,” Holman said. “I’ve been getting messages from people that are advocates for the disability community, mostly via Facebook message and email, but I haven’t had any meetings directly with disabled community leaders yet because we wanted to wait for this to pass and then to follow up with finding solutions in the next year.”

Every year, the Ocean Conservancy estimates 8 million metric tons of plastic go into the ocean. Holman said environmental and disability advocates can work together on this issue.

“We know that straws are necessary for many people and that we need to make sure that solutions are there,” Holman said. “We’re not anti-straws we’re anti-pollution.”

The Disney Company on Thursday announced it will stop using plastic straws and stirrers in its theme parks and other properties by mid-2019, another indication that the anti-plastic straw campaign is gaining traction.

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors on Tuesday passed an ordinance prohibiting restaurants, bars and retailers from providing plastic items, most notably straws, starting a year from now. Wong said the ordinance’s exemption for people with disabilities is vague at best.

Straw ban controversies also have arisen in Seattle and New York City, and Lawrence Carter-Long, Director of Communications at Disability Rights Education & Defense Fund, said it’s because legislators did not consult the disability community.

Carter-Long explained that alternatives do not work for everyone. Glass straws can shatter metal straws can break teeth wheat or corn straws can cause allergic reactions and paper straws can turn to mush.

“Every single bit of this controversy could’ve been avoided if people had taken the time, stopped to think, and reached out to the disability community beforehand rather than after the fact,” Carter-Long said.

But the straw issue doesn’t have to be a conflict between the environment and people with disabilities, said Brian Green, director of technology ethics at Santa Clara University’s Markkula Center for Applied Ethics.

“Most environmentally-conscious people who are trying to get rid of straws, I don’t think they would have any malice against disabled people,” Green said. “It’s just that they probably haven’t even considered it.”

As the 28th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act passes, advocates say offering plastic straws or effective alternatives to people who need them is about hospitality, accessibility and welcoming everyone.

“It’s a matter of treating people with dignity and respect, no matter if they have a disability or not,” said Autumn Elliott, a lawyer with Disability Rights California.


Plastic straw bans disregard people with disabilities

San Francisco has decided to ban them in restaurants, cafes and other businesses. The Disney Company will do so in the happiest places on earth.

The global campaign to do away with plastic drinking straws is gaining momentum as environmentalists continue to try to reduce plastic waste polluting beaches, parks and oceans and filling landfills. Berkeley, Oakland and Alameda are among the growing list of cities that restrict or ban them in many businesses.

But there are also unintended victims of the campaign.

Alva Gardner, 28, of Oakland, who has cerebral palsy, uses a straw at a Starbucks cafe in Oakland. Gardner, who needs straws to drink, says she would like for restaurants to offer non-plastic straws. Not doing so sends the message that people with disabilities are not equally welcome, she says. (Doug Duran/Bay Area News Group)

People such as 44-year-old San Francisco resident Alice Wong, who has a progressive neuromuscular disability that affects her ability to lift and hold things, tilt her head, swallow and breathe. For Wong, plastic straws aren’t a convenience, they are a necessity of life, and she says the ban feels like a personal attack on her. Straws allow her to drink hot liquids and bend forward to sip a drink, and the alternatives to them often fall apart too easily, fail to bend, or pose injury risks.

Given the wide range of disabilities and needs, activists say campaigns painting straws as non-essential ignore those who depend on them. It is, they say, an issue of equality.

“What most non-disabled people do not realize is the amount of invisible and emotional labor it takes for a lot of disabled people to leave their homes and take care of their business,” said Wong, founder and director of the Disability Visibility Project. “Having fun is essential too, and this plastic straw ban interferes with my access to social participation.”

Alva Gardner, a 28-year-old Oakland resident who has cerebral palsy and works with Ability Now Bay Area, echoed Wong’s view. “By not having a straw, essentially I have unequal access to the beverages that they are selling.”

Gardner needs a straw whenever she drinks or takes medication. Otherwise, because of her involuntary muscle movement, liquids would end up in her lap. When visiting a restaurant, she already has to consider whether she can maneuver her motorized wheelchair between tables, order foods she can poke with a fork or close a restroom stall door.

She said places that don’t offer straws bring up a dizzying set of scenarios: What if she forgets to bring her own straws on a spontaneous trip? Or what if her straws fall out of her bag? Will she have to ask a companion to help her drink?

The outcry from Wong and other members of the disability community has prompted legislators and proponents to try to address the concerns — something disability rights advocates say should have happened long ago.

Environmentalists point out there are alternatives to plastic straws, including ones made out of metal, glass, paper, and even corn.

Alva Gardner displays her reusable straws. (Doug Duran/Bay Area News Group)

Along with others involved in passing the San Francisco ban, Eva Holman, who leads the Rise Above Plastics Campaign by Surfrider San Francisco, said her group has been absorbing disabled people’s needs and requests. It is beginning to work with straw makers and distributors.

“I think it’ll be our role just to show up with a lot of options and help meet the needs for lots of individual groups,” Holman said. “I’ve been getting messages from people that are advocates for the disability community, mostly via Facebook message and email, but I haven’t had any meetings directly with disabled community leaders yet because we wanted to wait for this to pass and then to follow up with finding solutions in the next year.”

Every year, the Ocean Conservancy estimates 8 million metric tons of plastic go into the ocean. Holman said environmental and disability advocates can work together on this issue.

“We know that straws are necessary for many people and that we need to make sure that solutions are there,” Holman said. “We’re not anti-straws we’re anti-pollution.”

The Disney Company on Thursday announced it will stop using plastic straws and stirrers in its theme parks and other properties by mid-2019, another indication that the anti-plastic straw campaign is gaining traction.

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors on Tuesday passed an ordinance prohibiting restaurants, bars and retailers from providing plastic items, most notably straws, starting a year from now. Wong said the ordinance’s exemption for people with disabilities is vague at best.

Straw ban controversies also have arisen in Seattle and New York City, and Lawrence Carter-Long, Director of Communications at Disability Rights Education & Defense Fund, said it’s because legislators did not consult the disability community.

Carter-Long explained that alternatives do not work for everyone. Glass straws can shatter metal straws can break teeth wheat or corn straws can cause allergic reactions and paper straws can turn to mush.

“Every single bit of this controversy could’ve been avoided if people had taken the time, stopped to think, and reached out to the disability community beforehand rather than after the fact,” Carter-Long said.

But the straw issue doesn’t have to be a conflict between the environment and people with disabilities, said Brian Green, director of technology ethics at Santa Clara University’s Markkula Center for Applied Ethics.

“Most environmentally-conscious people who are trying to get rid of straws, I don’t think they would have any malice against disabled people,” Green said. “It’s just that they probably haven’t even considered it.”

As the 28th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act passes, advocates say offering plastic straws or effective alternatives to people who need them is about hospitality, accessibility and welcoming everyone.

“It’s a matter of treating people with dignity and respect, no matter if they have a disability or not,” said Autumn Elliott, a lawyer with Disability Rights California.


Plastic straw bans disregard people with disabilities

San Francisco has decided to ban them in restaurants, cafes and other businesses. The Disney Company will do so in the happiest places on earth.

The global campaign to do away with plastic drinking straws is gaining momentum as environmentalists continue to try to reduce plastic waste polluting beaches, parks and oceans and filling landfills. Berkeley, Oakland and Alameda are among the growing list of cities that restrict or ban them in many businesses.

But there are also unintended victims of the campaign.

Alva Gardner, 28, of Oakland, who has cerebral palsy, uses a straw at a Starbucks cafe in Oakland. Gardner, who needs straws to drink, says she would like for restaurants to offer non-plastic straws. Not doing so sends the message that people with disabilities are not equally welcome, she says. (Doug Duran/Bay Area News Group)

People such as 44-year-old San Francisco resident Alice Wong, who has a progressive neuromuscular disability that affects her ability to lift and hold things, tilt her head, swallow and breathe. For Wong, plastic straws aren’t a convenience, they are a necessity of life, and she says the ban feels like a personal attack on her. Straws allow her to drink hot liquids and bend forward to sip a drink, and the alternatives to them often fall apart too easily, fail to bend, or pose injury risks.

Given the wide range of disabilities and needs, activists say campaigns painting straws as non-essential ignore those who depend on them. It is, they say, an issue of equality.

“What most non-disabled people do not realize is the amount of invisible and emotional labor it takes for a lot of disabled people to leave their homes and take care of their business,” said Wong, founder and director of the Disability Visibility Project. “Having fun is essential too, and this plastic straw ban interferes with my access to social participation.”

Alva Gardner, a 28-year-old Oakland resident who has cerebral palsy and works with Ability Now Bay Area, echoed Wong’s view. “By not having a straw, essentially I have unequal access to the beverages that they are selling.”

Gardner needs a straw whenever she drinks or takes medication. Otherwise, because of her involuntary muscle movement, liquids would end up in her lap. When visiting a restaurant, she already has to consider whether she can maneuver her motorized wheelchair between tables, order foods she can poke with a fork or close a restroom stall door.

She said places that don’t offer straws bring up a dizzying set of scenarios: What if she forgets to bring her own straws on a spontaneous trip? Or what if her straws fall out of her bag? Will she have to ask a companion to help her drink?

The outcry from Wong and other members of the disability community has prompted legislators and proponents to try to address the concerns — something disability rights advocates say should have happened long ago.

Environmentalists point out there are alternatives to plastic straws, including ones made out of metal, glass, paper, and even corn.

Alva Gardner displays her reusable straws. (Doug Duran/Bay Area News Group)

Along with others involved in passing the San Francisco ban, Eva Holman, who leads the Rise Above Plastics Campaign by Surfrider San Francisco, said her group has been absorbing disabled people’s needs and requests. It is beginning to work with straw makers and distributors.

“I think it’ll be our role just to show up with a lot of options and help meet the needs for lots of individual groups,” Holman said. “I’ve been getting messages from people that are advocates for the disability community, mostly via Facebook message and email, but I haven’t had any meetings directly with disabled community leaders yet because we wanted to wait for this to pass and then to follow up with finding solutions in the next year.”

Every year, the Ocean Conservancy estimates 8 million metric tons of plastic go into the ocean. Holman said environmental and disability advocates can work together on this issue.

“We know that straws are necessary for many people and that we need to make sure that solutions are there,” Holman said. “We’re not anti-straws we’re anti-pollution.”

The Disney Company on Thursday announced it will stop using plastic straws and stirrers in its theme parks and other properties by mid-2019, another indication that the anti-plastic straw campaign is gaining traction.

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors on Tuesday passed an ordinance prohibiting restaurants, bars and retailers from providing plastic items, most notably straws, starting a year from now. Wong said the ordinance’s exemption for people with disabilities is vague at best.

Straw ban controversies also have arisen in Seattle and New York City, and Lawrence Carter-Long, Director of Communications at Disability Rights Education & Defense Fund, said it’s because legislators did not consult the disability community.

Carter-Long explained that alternatives do not work for everyone. Glass straws can shatter metal straws can break teeth wheat or corn straws can cause allergic reactions and paper straws can turn to mush.

“Every single bit of this controversy could’ve been avoided if people had taken the time, stopped to think, and reached out to the disability community beforehand rather than after the fact,” Carter-Long said.

But the straw issue doesn’t have to be a conflict between the environment and people with disabilities, said Brian Green, director of technology ethics at Santa Clara University’s Markkula Center for Applied Ethics.

“Most environmentally-conscious people who are trying to get rid of straws, I don’t think they would have any malice against disabled people,” Green said. “It’s just that they probably haven’t even considered it.”

As the 28th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act passes, advocates say offering plastic straws or effective alternatives to people who need them is about hospitality, accessibility and welcoming everyone.

“It’s a matter of treating people with dignity and respect, no matter if they have a disability or not,” said Autumn Elliott, a lawyer with Disability Rights California.


Plastic straw bans disregard people with disabilities

San Francisco has decided to ban them in restaurants, cafes and other businesses. The Disney Company will do so in the happiest places on earth.

The global campaign to do away with plastic drinking straws is gaining momentum as environmentalists continue to try to reduce plastic waste polluting beaches, parks and oceans and filling landfills. Berkeley, Oakland and Alameda are among the growing list of cities that restrict or ban them in many businesses.

But there are also unintended victims of the campaign.

Alva Gardner, 28, of Oakland, who has cerebral palsy, uses a straw at a Starbucks cafe in Oakland. Gardner, who needs straws to drink, says she would like for restaurants to offer non-plastic straws. Not doing so sends the message that people with disabilities are not equally welcome, she says. (Doug Duran/Bay Area News Group)

People such as 44-year-old San Francisco resident Alice Wong, who has a progressive neuromuscular disability that affects her ability to lift and hold things, tilt her head, swallow and breathe. For Wong, plastic straws aren’t a convenience, they are a necessity of life, and she says the ban feels like a personal attack on her. Straws allow her to drink hot liquids and bend forward to sip a drink, and the alternatives to them often fall apart too easily, fail to bend, or pose injury risks.

Given the wide range of disabilities and needs, activists say campaigns painting straws as non-essential ignore those who depend on them. It is, they say, an issue of equality.

“What most non-disabled people do not realize is the amount of invisible and emotional labor it takes for a lot of disabled people to leave their homes and take care of their business,” said Wong, founder and director of the Disability Visibility Project. “Having fun is essential too, and this plastic straw ban interferes with my access to social participation.”

Alva Gardner, a 28-year-old Oakland resident who has cerebral palsy and works with Ability Now Bay Area, echoed Wong’s view. “By not having a straw, essentially I have unequal access to the beverages that they are selling.”

Gardner needs a straw whenever she drinks or takes medication. Otherwise, because of her involuntary muscle movement, liquids would end up in her lap. When visiting a restaurant, she already has to consider whether she can maneuver her motorized wheelchair between tables, order foods she can poke with a fork or close a restroom stall door.

She said places that don’t offer straws bring up a dizzying set of scenarios: What if she forgets to bring her own straws on a spontaneous trip? Or what if her straws fall out of her bag? Will she have to ask a companion to help her drink?

The outcry from Wong and other members of the disability community has prompted legislators and proponents to try to address the concerns — something disability rights advocates say should have happened long ago.

Environmentalists point out there are alternatives to plastic straws, including ones made out of metal, glass, paper, and even corn.

Alva Gardner displays her reusable straws. (Doug Duran/Bay Area News Group)

Along with others involved in passing the San Francisco ban, Eva Holman, who leads the Rise Above Plastics Campaign by Surfrider San Francisco, said her group has been absorbing disabled people’s needs and requests. It is beginning to work with straw makers and distributors.

“I think it’ll be our role just to show up with a lot of options and help meet the needs for lots of individual groups,” Holman said. “I’ve been getting messages from people that are advocates for the disability community, mostly via Facebook message and email, but I haven’t had any meetings directly with disabled community leaders yet because we wanted to wait for this to pass and then to follow up with finding solutions in the next year.”

Every year, the Ocean Conservancy estimates 8 million metric tons of plastic go into the ocean. Holman said environmental and disability advocates can work together on this issue.

“We know that straws are necessary for many people and that we need to make sure that solutions are there,” Holman said. “We’re not anti-straws we’re anti-pollution.”

The Disney Company on Thursday announced it will stop using plastic straws and stirrers in its theme parks and other properties by mid-2019, another indication that the anti-plastic straw campaign is gaining traction.

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors on Tuesday passed an ordinance prohibiting restaurants, bars and retailers from providing plastic items, most notably straws, starting a year from now. Wong said the ordinance’s exemption for people with disabilities is vague at best.

Straw ban controversies also have arisen in Seattle and New York City, and Lawrence Carter-Long, Director of Communications at Disability Rights Education & Defense Fund, said it’s because legislators did not consult the disability community.

Carter-Long explained that alternatives do not work for everyone. Glass straws can shatter metal straws can break teeth wheat or corn straws can cause allergic reactions and paper straws can turn to mush.

“Every single bit of this controversy could’ve been avoided if people had taken the time, stopped to think, and reached out to the disability community beforehand rather than after the fact,” Carter-Long said.

But the straw issue doesn’t have to be a conflict between the environment and people with disabilities, said Brian Green, director of technology ethics at Santa Clara University’s Markkula Center for Applied Ethics.

“Most environmentally-conscious people who are trying to get rid of straws, I don’t think they would have any malice against disabled people,” Green said. “It’s just that they probably haven’t even considered it.”

As the 28th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act passes, advocates say offering plastic straws or effective alternatives to people who need them is about hospitality, accessibility and welcoming everyone.

“It’s a matter of treating people with dignity and respect, no matter if they have a disability or not,” said Autumn Elliott, a lawyer with Disability Rights California.