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Environmental efforts fall short

Senior Jared Hyatt drinks a smoothie from the CCA with a plastic straw.

Senior Jared Hyatt drinks a smoothie from the CCA with a plastic straw.

Photo by Carter Hanefeld

Senior Jared Hyatt drinks a smoothie from the CCA with a plastic straw.

Photo by Carter Hanefeld

Photo by Carter Hanefeld

Senior Jared Hyatt drinks a smoothie from the CCA with a plastic straw.

Recently, the school has put plastic straws back into circulation, despite claims made during the class meetings at the beginning of the year that they would be phased out. As a result, some students are not happy with this change in policy.

“The plastic of a straw is too broken down and thin to be recycled,” senior Maddy Horne said. “They simply exist for the next 200 years in their original form, which can be harmful to marine life.”

Straws aren’t the only inconsistency within this policy, however, as the “glass” fruit cups and silverware have also been notably absent from the cafeteria, and the standard array of utensils has replaced them. That being said, some students don’t have much of an opinion on the policy.

“I mean, yeah, they can cause some harm, but overall I don’t really care all that much,” senior Xavier Wynn said.

This school of thought is not universal, however, as other students are not happy with the school’s reversal.

“Straws, while not the only major cause, have an undoubted influence on the ocean and overall planetary health,” Horne said. “It would be understandable if there was a need for plastic straws, but I cannot think of a situation in which they are necessary at the school.”