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Taiwan, bubble tea and the indispensable straw

Alternative to plastic throwaways: Carry one's own washable sipping cylinder

A variety shop in New Taipei City feeds demand for reusable straws among Taiwanese who worry about plastic's impact on the environment but do not want to give up their bubble teas.

TAIPEI -- Taiwanese imbibers of bubble tea and other cold drinks are beginning to carry their own reusable straws.

A department store in downtown Taipei has all kinds of straws -- thick ones for slurping up tapioca balls and straws shaped like a spoon on one end for shaved ice.

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