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It was clear this year's race had a chance to be wide open when, in the season's first straw poll in December, Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum led the way by just 92 total points. At the time, that margin was the second smallest of any of the previous 12 straw polls conducted since the 2016-17 season. (The closest came in the middle of last season, when Embiid led Jokic by 35 total points.)




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There was snapback from Jokic's big lead in MVP odds, as multiple straw poll voters expressed that there is a higher bar to clear for a third straight MVP. Denver lost four straight games and five out of six earlier this month. Philadelphia, for its part, won eight straight games against the league's hardest post-All-Star schedule, per ESPN Stats & Information research. Milwaukee has won 26 of its past 30 games with Antetokounmpo in the lineup.


And Antetokounmpo is close enough that it's not inconceivable he could leapfrog both Jokic and Embiid in MVP voting, as Antetokounmpo finished the latest straw poll with 18 first-place votes, 15 second-place votes and 64 third-place votes for 612 total points.


Meet the only drinking straw built for UV-C light disinfection. A high-quality, quartzconstruction allows germicidal light from UV-C sanitizers to penetrate, killing germs inside and out all while giving you a smooth, elevated drinking experience.


This straw versatile. At 12 inches long, it's the perfect fit for any cup or tumbler. It's great for both cold and hot drinks. Finally, the build material leaves your drink untainted from it's authentic taste.


DOER solicited public comment on the entirety of APS Straw Proposal, as well as specific areas of interest to DOER, as indicated in the straw proposal and in the APS Straw Proposal Stakeholder Questions document fond below.


Our signature silicone straw & cap. Compatible with Day and Mama Bottles (800ml/ 27oz). The perfect companion to make hydrating feel easy throughout the day, at work, at the gym, your workout class, or at your bedside table. Featuring a simple press-fit, spill resistant lid and wide straw. Made from the purest LFGB certified* food-grade silicone.


We took the most popular outdoor water filtration device on the market, and reimagined it for added versatility, sustainability, a better grip experience, and updated design and colors. This ultra lightweight personal water filter straw is made from high performance premium sustainable materials, it has no extra parts to keep track of, and it boasts and enhanced flow rate for easy sipping. At 2 ounces and 5 years of safe water in the palm of your hand, no backpack, pocket, emergency bag, or glove compartment should be without one. Drink directly from lakes, rivers, and streams or fill a container to use your LifeStraw on the go with protection against bacteria, parasites, microplastics, silt, sand, and cloudiness. Rigorously tested to meet drinking water protocols established by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and NSF International/ANSI.


The Peak Series personal water filter straw features a removable bottom cap with threading that allows it to be compatible with most standard single-use water bottles as well as squeeze systems. The removable bottom cap also reveals a built-in gravity hose attachement for connecting to gravity systems.


The Jolly Roger emblem is a cartoon-like depiction of traditional skull and crossbones, with the skull wearing Luffy's trademark straw hat. Due to Luffy's morbid drawing skills, Usopp was the one who drew the flag. In addition to being on their flag, the jolly roger has also been shown on the sails of the Going Merry and the Thousand Sunny.


One glance at the golden fields of grain in Eastern Washington, and it's clear you're in one of the nation's breadbaskets. Known as the Palouse, the region's wheat harvest, the largest in North America, is its claim to fame. Some area farmers even claim (incorrectly) that Ritz Crackers are named after the local city of Ritzville. But a new local company, Columbia Pulp, based in Dayton, WA, is making sure this pastoral landscape is known for more than its amber waves of grain. As the first new pulp mill in the U.S. in decades, it has pioneered the sustainable Phoenix Process, developed by University ofWashington researchers Bill McKean and Mark Lewis, which extracts pulp, and eventually paper-from humble wheat straw.


The new process is more environmentally friendly than comparable methods, requiring 25 percent less water and 70 percent less energy. It also eliminates the need for the annual "fall burns" farmers set to clear straw from their fields, when four to five million acres are set ablaze, creating acrid smoke and carbon emissions. By finding a use for something with no previous monetary value, Columbia Pulp has created an environmental and economic boost for this part of the country. Columbia Pulp aims to be the region's signature employer-many starting jobs are in the $20-an-hour range-and estimates it'll contribute $70 million annually once it's fully operational.


Columbia Pulp contracts with farmers across the region, spending $13 million annually on 1,000-pound bales of straw. At facilities in Dayton and Pomeroy, WA, Columbia Pulp workers turn the straw into pulp using heat, water, and chemicals, such as peroxjde, which isolate the fibers. But unlike wood, straw doesn't need to be pressurized, saving vast amounts of energy.


The end result are paper products with a slight yellow hue, like the straw itself, which can be turned into numerous specialty products, as well as tissue, molded products, packaging, and label backing. There's plenty of room for growth.according to Columbia Pulp CEO John Begley. The nation boasts 10 times as much biomass from farming operations, like straw, than it does from trees.


Expanding the Phoenix Process means less trees felled for paper, fewer damaging fires in Eastern Washington, and more economic regeneration in rural communities. It's a sustainable product, which eases environmental impact and, you might say, spins straw into gold.


Milo Cress founded the Be Straw Free campaign at the age of nine. Milo reported through his initial research and data he collected from straw manufacturers that Americans use 500 million drinking straws every day. To understand just how many straws 500 million really is, Milo indicated this would fill over 125 school buses with straws every day. That's 46,400 school buses every year!


Milo Cress began the Be Straw Free campaign, now facilitated by Eco-Cycle, to promote reduced straw use, and therefore reduced waste, across the U.S. Milo cites that "plastic straws are made of our dwindling oil resource, and simply by offering them instead of serving one with every drink automatically, we can reduce our consumption in half or more." In fact, 50 to 80 percent of customers choose not to take a straw when offered. Milo initiated the campaign due to concern with "our oil supply, as well as our limited space available for landfills.


The Be Straw Free campaign connects members of the food and beverage industry, businesses, schools, environmental groups, and concerned citizens, and gives them a platform to advocate for smarter straw usage and waste reduction. The goal is to reduce straw disposal across the U.S., especially in restaurants that offer straws by default.


Unfortunately, the campaign has not been without controversy. Many Americans are concerned that halting any production means a loss of jobs. Campaign sponsor Eco-Cycle combats this concern by encouraging straw manufacturers to move away from making single-use disposable products and instead switch to or include reusable straws in their production. Companies should be pushed to keep up with the times, which now demand sustainability from product start to finish.


While compostable straws may seem like a smarter option, they are still disposable, and consequently are less preferable than opting to go strawless or using a reusable straw. Further, consider that the straw wrapper is not necessarily compostable thereby required disposal in a landfill. If you do use a compostable straw, though, ensure it is composted in a commercial composting facility that is capable of breaking it down. Note that straws are not accepted in recycling bins, and you must take caution when selecting appropriate disposal facilities. When in doubt as to whether your straws are truly biodegradable, look for products certified by the Biodegradable Products Institute.


When compared to other wastes, straws may seem like insignificant contributions to landfills. Often, disposing of a straw is more of an afterthought. However, creating a sustainable environment is not strictly about the objects we use or dispose of. Rather, our habits, including the way we use straws, reflect our environmental values and indicate how successful our sustainability efforts can be. Examining consumption issues from the core is key in understanding how to change for the better.


For starters, as individuals, take the pledge to be straw free. NPS concessioners have even more power to make a difference. For example, concessioners in the food and beverage industry can implement an "offer first" policy, requiring the customer to "opt in" to using a straw rather than making straw usage the default.


Concessioners in the national park system are able to follow the lead of many straw-free NPS concessioners and the National Restaurant Association in making straw use a customer choice rather than a business default. Each concession operation can make a difference, and as more national parks adopt such a policy, behavior in all industries may begin to shift. 041b061a72


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