In the last two categories, it is least likely of an intentionally malicious scope and more of a subconscious or ignorant attitude. At least I'd like to think so.
So, in the next anecdote, you can decide which is what.
I'm at a restaurant and the waitress brings us drinks. She then gives out straws and announces that they are using environmentally responsible 'Paper' straws. I pipe up that I don't need a straw, but I don't think she hears me and she doles one in front of me then scurries away.
Just what the hell is it about restaurants and straws? I mean, if my jaw was wired shut then, yeah, gimme a straw. Why do we need straws? Would it not be better for the environment to just let me drink from the glass? They did wash the glass, right?
And I need to know something. Which is easier to recycle? Paper or Plastic? Can't you just melt plastic into whatever new form? Ah donno.
If they really wanted to be environmental, wouldn't just giving out sippy cups be the way to go? It would be like re-usable shopping bags, wouldn't it?