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Scammers Are Targeting Environmentally-Conscious Consumers With Fake Metal Straws

By Gabrielle Bernardini

With one good idea, there is always a knockoff trying to takes its place. Back in April, the company FinalStraw launched "the world's first collapsible, reusable straw" in a Kickstarter campaign to help reduce the plastic straw waste. 

At the end of the campaign, founders Emma Cohen and Miles Pepper were met with nearly 86,000 orders. Due to the popularity of the product — they raised nearly $2 million — scammers started selling knockoff, cheaper versions of the straws on Amazon, eBay, and other websites.

Not only are scam artists selling the FinalStraw knockoffs for half the price (they're originally $20), they are also illegally using the company's photos and promotional text. Cohen posted a statement on Linkedin regarding the issue, writing, "The reason Miles Pepper and I started this project was [to] REDUCE waste, and we have inadvertently created more. It is such a face palm moment and there is pretty much nothing we can do about it." 

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