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It's Time to Ditch the Plastic and Paper Straw Idea!

08-15-2018 05:38 PM CET | Energy & Environment

Press release from: Elo Labs Inc.

We Can Do Better! Reusable Straws Make Sense!

We Can Do Better! Reusable Straws Make Sense!

look inwards and change our bad habits!

Use a reusable alternative straw instead!

We have extremely bad habits when it comes to talking openly about single plastic product alternatives. What it really comes down to is being more aware of our roles we play in the demand creation of plastic product packaging or single use disposable items. Much of the current media conversation circles around big corporate entities and their poor environmental footprints. They are producing plastic scourge purely on our required demands for fast convenience. We could do much better in creating our own inner habits for change. Challenging our ourselves to participate in better environmental alternatives, like reusable straws
Straws may be minor in the larger scope of the picture of plastic pollution scourge, but it has become the battle cry for a larger movement towards single plastic alternatives. We should be championing sustainable alternatives over and above the pressuring of large corporate entities that push straws upon us for their required beverages.

We should look at it more inwards within ourselves and what we can do from an organic personal level of self-regulating our use of plastic products. The idea of no straws is rather callous. We have had straws in our lives for 70+ years. They are required for so many reasons, as our beverage habits from thick shakes, cold Icey soft drinks, specialty teas, warm coffee’s and textured liquids are common in market that require a straw. A reusable straw can be an excellent replacement to an otherwise messy problem. That is where the discussion should pivot towards. What can we replace with sustainable options we can carry on ourselves or leave at home or work!

The more you practice doing something, the less effort it takes. Peter Scott founder of ELO smart straws is building upon that mantra! Having created the world’s 1st bad habit mobile app that challenges users to a 21-day regiment of bringing his ELO reusable metal straw with you! The app is basically a reminder that pings the user at different times in the day (breakfast, lunch, dinner) to remember your ELO straw. It was created based on science that states that it can 21 days to build up or break a habit! The app is also interactive providing a worldwide straw tracker that counts the amount of straws being saved using the ELO alternative and provides positive affirmations and environmental factoids, you then share with photos socially.

A single ELO straw can save 548 plastic/paper straws annually on average. The idea of paper coated straw replacements is also not necessarily great either! 500 million plastic straws replaced by 500 million paper straws doesn’t eliminate waste, rather the energy output to manufacture them is 5 times the output to produce and recycle. So, there is a heavy cost on both ends of this straw ban push.
ELO wants users to reuse and break a bad habit. It will become a lot easier for your brain to handle if you challenge to change by using both the straw and app in conjunction of this straw ban transition. Start carrying around your own straws or at best have them at home, work and play!

The idea of carrying reusable items is not a new idea! It’s changing the mindset that is the hurdle. We didn’t think 20 years ago that we would have a 3 by 5-inch communication smartphone in our pocket! But we carry it with us, so why not a straw a little longer then a pen?
ELO smart straws are available now on Kickstarter. Join the movement take the challenge and pay it forward! Join today!

Elo Labs Inc. Is a Canadian green tech and product manufacturer. Affronting industries that currently need green disruption. We manufacture disruptive products and applications that are environmentally friendly. Specifically the plastics sector, single use products and home accessories.

ELO smart straw is a worlds 1st mobile application that trains the user to use alternatives to straws.

Elo Labs Inc.
391 Roncesvalles Ave
Toronto, Ontario
M6R 2N1

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