On metal straws, plastic pollution, and safety for people with disabilities

Last fall, a woman in England died due to a fall where a metal straw pierced her eye. The story appeared in the news this week, calling attention to the debate around single-use plastic, straws, and people with disabilities. 

“We are saddened to hear of this tragic incident and send our deepest sympathies to the family and partner of Elena Struthers-Gardner,” said Jackie Nuñez, program manager at Plastic Pollution Coalition and the founder of The Last Plastic Straw movement. 

“The Last Plastic Straw and Plastic Pollution Coalition stand for source reduction of single-use plastics and exemptions for those who need them. The conversation around the needs of people with disabilities is critical, and we are listening.”