This sounds absolutely absurd. This is right up there with the moment we all decided that we were going to ban plastic straws and replace them with paper straws that disintegrate in your mouth before you can finish your drink. I'm not going to make this entire article political (rather it's going to be more opinionated), but I have to get the logistics out of the way first.

According to WGME, voters approved a ban on plastic utensils, straws, and stir sticks this past Saturday. As you'd expect, it's said to be about protecting the planet and our health, since micro plastics apparently threaten that.

Here we go. Look, I am all for saving the planet, keeping our community as healthy as we can, and saving the animals. But don't we think this is a little too far? First we tried to do the paper straw thing, which took away at least 50% of my joy while drinking an iced coffee in the car. But now we're going to do what, create paper forks? I think the concept is cute, and I'd like it better if it was a guaranteed solution. But the fact of the matter is it doesn't feel like it is. Just because one town bans them doesn't mean the rest of the world will follow suit, and then it's just inconvenient for one town. However, as a disclaimer, this is just one opinion, and everybody is entitled to theirs.
I feel bad for business-owners who now have to transition to paper over plastic, which is way more expensive to supply. A WGME interview quoted the owner of Fat Tomato Grill in York, Charles Caramihalis:
Paper is anywhere from 4 to 5 more times expensive than plastic, so that translates into a lot of extra money in terms of the cost of doing business. The paper forks and knives, they don't do really well but, we'll figure it out. I'm not worried about it.
Let's hear your opinions in the comments!

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