A tiny, IKEA plastic reduction

First, I enjoy IKEA for an outing — even though they inflict so much plastic on the world. Even the chair I’m sitting on. I’m not going to apologize for a faux-Swedish experience.

But last night, at their College Park, Maryland location, I noticed a sign in their cafe that said they no longer give out plastic straws and cited environmental concerns.

A small cheer, I thought. Not a huge amount of plastic saved, but someone’s listening. Then I wondered if they may be composting their trash. The straws might be the only un-biodegradable trash they produce in the cafe, apart from the odd bottlecap. In that case, the straws would be a considerable part of their waste stream, and ripe for removal.

Is there anyone out there who have some info?

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Scott Wells

Scott Wells, 46, is a Universalist Christian minister doing Universalist theology and church administration hacks in Washington, D.C.

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