Ravensburg (dpa) – adorn many a table at children’s birthday parties are often the iced tea and Cocktail plastic straws for many.

But in the foreseeable future, the conclusion is: The EU Parliament has recently introduced a ban on single-use plastic products, for which there is a suitable replacement. But what does this mean in everyday life? And whom the ban may be in trouble?

In the NURSERY Carlo Steeb in Ravensburg, a ban on the straws is not a Problem: “I personally do not believe that the children need,” says Director Andrea Auer. In the Ravensburger device, the Blades would not be used at all. “The children will bring home a Cup, and at lunch there is a regular glass.” Many children were also used, with water bottles deal – and, unfortunately, also with a fruit puree from a squeeze pouches. The also made a lot of garbage, says Auer. “Actually, you are also prohibited.”

Kerstin Ellermann, who works as a planner of CHILDREN’s birthday parties in lower Saxony, Bad Essen, with the straw little problems culms so far: “I can’t remember a birthday where straws were used to Drink. The children have all been drinking quite a normal mugs and cups,” she says. “However, I have a game where I use straws – because the children suck in with the straws, small plastic elements and you need to carry then in a vessel. But you can reorganize.”

As ALTERNATIVES for the straw from plastic there are a whole lot of – including those made of stainless steel, glass, and paper. Some can even eat, such as Straws made of chocolate. Or you just take a long macaroni noodle. Some companies also rely on bamboo.

But what about the HYGIENE? “Drinking straws are widely used for sugar, or other nutrient-containing drinks are used, which provide an ideal basis for the growth of bacteria”, the consumer protection Ministry in Stuttgart. In use, you would also with bacteria of the oral cavity in contact. In addition, the Halminnere for cleaning hard-to-reach. “Presumably a cleaning in the dishwasher without the special cleaning should nozzles be difficult.”

Many vendors sell reusable straws directly with special cleaning ways, for example, small brushes. So far, the reusable straws were examined for chemical safety on their microbiological quality, a spokeswoman said. “We will take this issue in focus, because we expect an increase in the use of the designated reusable drinking straws.”

Not everyone is happy with the disappearance of the conventional plastic straws: TWITTER is formed, for example, under the from the promoter #save thestraw (Save the straw) resistance. In addition, there are people for whom a waiver of the Stalks would actually be difficult – for example due to a DISABILITY. Under the title “your luxury straws, my freedom,” the blogger Tanja Kollodzieyski reported about why eco-friendly Alternatives for you to hardly come into question: “do I need, for example, straws that are bendable. Thus, glass and Metal are out. Paper and noodles (Yes, noodles!) hold no heat. Silicone, bamboo, and co. are in part, neutral in taste and expensive.”

And Kollodzieyski – which has a so-called cerebral palsy, which is associated with disorders of motor function – writes: “We humans really are a plastic problem. Without A Doubt. I just think it’s not particularly fair that we people with disabilities are to be the only group that will be forced from the outside, us that’s why. For example, while plastic packaging in the supermarket to exist peacefully, because it is so nice and convenient to go without other containers shopping.”

But how many straws? Reliable FIGURES, it is to not even. But the Brussels-based environmental organisation Seas at Risk estimates the annual consumption in the 28 countries of the EU to more than 36 billion Blades of grass. Mathematically, uses, therefore, each of the approximately 512 million EU citizens, about 70 units per year.