Plastic Straws Are a Disabled Right! Art


Art of Plastic Straws Are a Disabled Right!

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☆ Description ☆

Plastic Straws Are a Disabled Right! This piece is a response to the ever present, growing, ableist, and largely performative movement to ban access to plastic straws. Flexible plastic straws were originally created in part as a medical device to aid patients in hospital who needed a way to eat and drink on their own. Though they are now mainly associated with the general non-disabled public (which is great for increasing accessibility!), they still serve globally as a daily medical device for disabled people who need them in order to literally survive. Debates about reducing single use plastic, while absolutely important for addressing pollution and the climate crisis, always needs to center the needs of disabled people who need some plastics in order to live, particularly for medical equipment and accessible food packaging. Substitutes to plastic straws, if not deadly, are often ineffective at addressing the climate crisis, which is something legislators continue to ignore while putting into place laws that essentially outlaw a disabled person’s ability to live and gatekeep accessibility, so it’s incredibly important to push back against straw bans globally.

As we continue to progress into the consequences of the climate crisis, there will be further calls for eugenic steps to be taken to protect the interests of those causing the crisis, and I made this piece to speak against it and to remind people that accessibility is a human right, and that includes access to plastic straws! If you’re interested in learning more or would like some resources to share while speaking against straw bans, I’ve included some links in the second to last paragraph here for you to access.

Please note: Due to the inherent differences in color on a screen versus in person, the colors of the art will vary slightly from what you see on your screen. There’s no such thing as an exact match for color, but I work to make the photos of my art as close to the original paintings as technologically possible!

Also available as a shirt and tote bag!

☆ Bonus! ☆

If you would be interested in purchasing this to use as a flyer to raise awareness in your area, please reach out to me at! I’d be happy to provide you with a copy letter format design with some quick facts about plastic straws as a medical necessity beneath the illustration or a custom message of your own. Could also be great for stuffing envelopes with a custom message to your legislator!

☆ Dimensions + Care ☆

  • This original piece is 12″ x 12″ (30,48 cm x 30,48 cm) and is signed on the back
  • Prints are available as a 5″ x 5″ (12,7 cm x 12,7 cm) or 10″ x 10″ (25,4 cm x 25,4 cm) and are signed on the back
  • Please note that the prints are of the digital art seen on the shirts and tote bags, not prints of the original watercolor art
  • Watermarks will not appear on the prints
  • For information on how to care for your art, see this link: Product Care

☆ Purchase Notes ☆

  • Each order is carefully shipped via the United States Postal Service with their First Class service to save you money on costs, and each order includes a tracking or customs number for security (and anticipation!). For more info on shipping, please check out my Shipping Policy!
  • For information on refunds and returns, please be sure to check out my Return Policy.
  • Please note that a purchase will serve as notice that you have read and agreed to the terms included in the Terms and Conditions of Sale. Thank you!

☆ Resources ☆

Here are some resources about why plastic straw bans are harmful:

☆ PayPal Users ☆

I’m so sorry, but due to PayPal’s unethical business practices against freelancers, including myself, I’m unable to accept PayPal for the foreseeable future. You can still use Stripe to pay with your debit or credit card, though! If you are genuinely unable to access payment via Stripe and still would very much like to make a purchase, please e-mail me at, and we can discuss whether or not other options are possible. I can’t promise anything, but we can try!

Additional information

Weight 2 oz
Dimensions 12 × 12 in
Plastic Straws Are a Disabled Right Art

PSDR 10" x 10" Art Print, PSDR 5" x 5" Art Print, PSDR Original Art


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