Thought for the Day – Straws?

Plastic straws contain toxins such as bisphenol-A (BPA).

Kizmet in Ubud uses metal straws.

Kizmet in Ubud uses metal straws.

Plastic straws can’t be recycled; they won’t breakdown to compost the land; the plastic just breaks into smaller and smaller pieces.


Down To Earth Bali uses papaya stem straws.

Do you really need to use a plastic straw?


Sari Organic in the rice fields of Ubud uses bamboo straws.


Plastic straw litter in Ubud. 😦

 It’s likely that straws dropped on the road in Ubud will end up in the gutters and be washed out to the beaches and into the ocean.

A “Trash Talker” and co-owner of Bali Recycling, Oliver Pouillon asks, “Have we really forgotten how to drink from glasses?”


Notice Olivier requested, “No straw,” for his drink.

For more about Oliver and his work,  go to: <; by blogger Janet Nicol, founder of Bali Inspired magazine.

Options are available if you do want a straw.  Glass straws,  for instance,  come in lots of colors, are toxic free, and can be easily cleaned.  Go to <> to buy glass straws and to help “The Last Straw Campaign” on Bali.

Bali is a small island, so what to do with plastic that can’t be reused is more obviously a problem than perhaps in other places.  But wherever you are, you can help reduce plastic pollution.

Everything matters.  Please make conscious choices – even with straws.

Aloha, Renée

P.S.  If you are here in Ubud this Saturday, April 5, come join The Big Ubud Cleanup. Meet at 9 a.m. on Jalan Gootama #13 – the new Soma’s.  You’ll be able to pick up litter (including lots of plastic straws) for a couple of hours, meet good people, and then hear great music –  organized by Human Ruben.  For more information about the monthly cleanup, join the FB group.


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About reneeriley

Our blog was begun as a way to share our experiences in China. From August 2010 to July 2011, my husband, Barry Kristel, and I were at our University of Hawaii Maui College sister school, Zhejiang Agriculture and Forestry University in Lin'an, China, a city considered rural because it has only 500,000 people! We had a wonderful time. Then in February 2012, we returned to teach this time at our other sister school, Shanghai Normal University, in a city of over 21 million people. We've made many discoveries. Did you know that now Chinese girls, at least the ones who go to university, for the most part feel they are luckier than the Chinese boys? Did you know that Shanghai saved over 20,000 European Jews during WWII? Do you know how Chinese university students would deal with problems that come up in Dear Abby letters? What's it like to be on the Great Wall of China? Do you know how many Chinese girls had their feet bound and why? And we have recipes from many of the places we've visited. Among others, you can find instructions on how to fry cicadas from one of my ZAFU students and how to make chocolate-Kahlua waffles from my brother Mike in Gainesville. You can also look back to our earliest entry to see what we experienced in Oaxaca, Mexico, in 2006 during the mainly peaceful six months of protest until the Mexican government sent in the troops. Between our stays in China, Barry and I have been on the Mainland U.S. visiting family, friends and Servas hosts as we traveled home to Maui. We share those experiences too. Welcome to our blog! Aloha and Zài Jiàn, Renée and Barry

2 responses to “Thought for the Day – Straws?”

  1. Geri says :

    I’d drink to that, but I’d need a straw!!

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