• Rich Barlow

    Senior Writer

    Photo: Headshot of Rich Barlow, an older white man with dark grey hair and wearing a grey shirt and grey-blue blazer, smiles and poses in front of a dark grey backdrop.

    Rich Barlow is a senior writer at BU Today and Bostonia magazine. Perhaps the only native of Trenton, N.J., who will volunteer his birthplace without police interrogation, he graduated from Dartmouth College, spent 20 years as a small-town newspaper reporter, and is a former Boston Globe religion columnist, book reviewer, and occasional op-ed contributor. Profile

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There are 5 comments on Prodded by Students, BU Phases Out an Environmental Scourge: Plastic Straws

  1. This is great. I too have phased out plastic straws in my personal life replacing them with sustainable and recyclable/biodegradable straws for home and office use. However, I do have a stash of old straws that I don’t know how to dispose of them properly. Just throwing them in the trash is the equivalent of having used them and they would still end up distressing the environment. Does anyone know how to dispose of these safely?

  2. Changing from a plastic to a paper straw with a Starbucks takeaway cup seems a trivial improvement compared to the volume of plastic in the takeaway cup. As Starbucks encourages the use of the pre-order app they discourage the use of re-usable cups. Remember the first word of the “Reduce-Reuse-Repair-Recycle mantra is REDUCE!

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