Plastic straws are getting a lot of heat lately as a critical mass of consumers realize that the ubiquitous objects are only used for about 20 minutes on average and cannot be recycled. Restaurants and foodservice operations are going strawless, although that’s drawn some ire as well, since some people have disabilities that make straws a need, not a want. Developments are happening with glass and even metal straws that can be used again or paper straws, which can be recycled.
Pitt turns straws into activist art
University of Pittsburgh Dining participates in citywide plastic straw collection project to create public art for a cause.