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In 2018, Business Insider South Africa tested five alternatives to plastic straws: stainless steel, etched copper, glass, bamboo, and Khanyiso reed. All are reusable and two are both biodegradable and renewable. Prices for each straw ranged between fifteen and ninety-five times its plastic counterpart. Metal straws, both copper and, to a lesser extent, stainless steel, had serious problems with heat because they heated or cooled to the temperature of the drink, which made them harder to handle or sip from. The bamboo straw left a bad taste, and the reed straw was nearly as bad. With the reed, everything hot tasted woody quickly, and anything cold tasted woody eventually. Bamboo left a foul green aftertaste and ruined the flavor of coffee. Glass had none of these problems and had the added advantage of being see-through. But glass could not be carried around safely. Business Insider concluded, “So this glass straw is a clear winner with one important caveat: it requires a sturdy carry case. Most likely something made of rigid plastic, rather than the hemp sleeve its makers provide.”
There are men who can live contentedly even if they do live undignified lives. There are others who suffer as if in agony when they see people around them living without dignity. There must be a certain amount of dignity in the world. There must be a certain amount of light. When there are many undignified men, there are always others who have within them the dignity of many men. Those are the ones who rebel ferociously against those who rob nations of their freedom, which is robbing men of their dignity.
More than 800 species of marine animals have been documented to inhabit kelp forests, and while some of these creatures are microscopic in size, the easily visible species range from tiny rainbow-colored nudibranchs to the occasional California gray whale, creatures that reach proportions of 50 feet (15 m) and 100,000 pounds (45,000 kg). Commonly seen kelp forest residents include California’s state fish, the bright-orange damselfish known as the garibaldi, schools of jack mackerel, giant sea bass, opal eye, blacksmith fish, and the occasional school of barracuda. Along the seafloor divers enjoy encounters with brilliantly colored gobies, curious blennies, colorful but well-camouflaged sculpin, cabezon, and lingcod, moray eels that are often accompanied by cleaner shrimps and more than 60 species of rockfishes.