|Image from flickr by 4mtr Rabbit|
|Retro candy-striped straws from Occasion Design|
Thus, due to all that sugar deprivation, one of the special pleasures of my early childhood was drinking from a small glass bottle of flavoured lemonade, or a strawberry milkshake, through the long tubular suction of a multi-coloured straw. Mentally I can still revisit that sweet sensation of the sugary liquid miraculously shooting up the papery channel and into my waiting mouth and if no-one was around, blowing it out in reverse order back into the bottle, so it made that loud, gurgling rumble.
It seems there's very little ceremony around lemonade drinking in most households these days. Mostly it comes in extra-large, ugly, plastic bottles that line the supermarket shelves or in warm cans that you buy in packs of six or a box of twelve and stick in the back of the fridge, grabbing one out whenever you feel like it. If straws are used, they're inevitably stiff plastic. Plastic, plastic..all is plastic.
Well, plastic straws just don't have the same texture and ambiance as paper ones. The colours and patterns aren't as charming and I'm pretty sure, from an environmental perspective, they're harder to dispose of. Maybe I'm just being sentimental but actually, the old paper straw has made a comeback..they're hot...and just when I thought they were gone forever...
|Bright, gay and eco friendly. From Born to Party|