A worker monitors quality control for Tetra Pak cartons of Sandora-brand grapefruit juice as they move along the production line at Pepsico Inc.'s Sandora beverage plant in Nikolaev, Ukraine, on Thursday, Sept. 13, 2012. Like larger rival Coca-Cola, which purchased Russia's second-largest juice company in 2005, PepsiCo has been diversifying beyond sodas as consumers moved to non-carbonated beverages for taste variety and health. Photographer: Vincent Mundy/Bloomberg
Packing cartons at Tetra Pak © Bloomberg

You reported about the Tetra Pak lobbying campaign in an effort to save plastic straws ( FT Weekend, May 26/27), because to replace them with paper straws may not be much better for the environment.

Why not get rid of straws altogether? What is wrong with designing bottles or cartons whereby you can drink straight from the mouth of the bottle without spilling it, except for possibly to the profit margin of Tetra Pak?

If Tetra Pak has not thought of this, then maybe it can learn from hundreds of variations of sports drinks bottles or from Evian, which in Switzerland has smaller bottles designed as such.

Meanwhile, the UK government could impose a “straw tax” to curb the use of all types of straw. Chancellor Philip Hammond might like that idea.

David Massumi

Männedorf, Switzerland

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