Objects of Design #136: Paper Straws

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It’s a small thing, one that perhaps hasn’t even occurred to you but as you carefully put your paper in the recycling and wash the food containers, spare a thought for the plastic straw. Millions of them are thrown away every single day. And they end up in landfill.

Now admittedly most of them come from fast food places and not from homes but children do love a straw and, as the dentist has pointed out to mine on numerous occasions, it’s much better for their teeth if they are drinking juice and sweet drinks  to sip from a straw.

Anyway, lessons over, just look at these. A whole page devoted to beautiful paper straws in every colour and design you could wish for. They’ve even got metallic ones. Now stick that in your cocktail and party.

By the way, I must add that I was amused to see the name of this website Pearl and Earl as one of my son’s friends has recently acquired a small tortoise who goes by the name of Earl. However, as he is so small, his gender may not become apparent for a year or two. So he is affectionately known as EarlslashPearl until the day of reckoning arrives. No, I’m not quite sure what that is either but I will let you know. Here he is anyway:

Earl slash Pearl
Earl slash Pearl £3


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Kate Watson-Smyth

The author Kate Watson-Smyth

I’m a journalist who writes about interiors mainly for The Financial Times but I have also written regularly for The Independent and The Daily Mail. My house has been in Living Etc, HeartHome and featured in The Wall Street Journal & Corriere della Sera. I also run an interior styling consultancy Mad About Your House. Welcome to my Mad House.