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Straws and other Disposables

Recently, I initiated a discussion and lab about disposable straws with the students in my college course "Know Watts Cooking - The Physics of Energy Efficient Cooking." This was motivated by a documentary Straws by Linda Booker shown on Appalachian State's campus about the environmental impact of disposable plastic straws. In class, we tested several non-disposable straw options (stainless, silicone, hard plastic) and even disposable paper with some delicious home-made ginger ale (you should really try some of this!). A couple students from this class then participated in the panel discussion after the film. I was impressed with the level of engagement in the class and audience aroud this

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