Poll respondents want ban on plastic straws

Audrey Hill
July 29, 2018

It bans food and beverage providers from using, providing, distributing, and selling plastic straws, stirrers, and cutlery.

Change takes time, they say. San Francisco is in the process of enacting a ban on straws and other plastic items, which would begin next July 1.

Why single out plastic straws, which make up less than four percent of the plastic waste stream?

The move comes on the heels of an announcement from Starbucks earlier this month that would phase out single-use plastic straws from its more than 28,000 stores worldwide by 2020.

In that case, the ordinance cites penalties from the city's municipal code for a "fine not exceeding one thousand dollars ($1,000), imprisonment for a term not exceeding six (6) months".

American Airlines is also planning to replace plastic straws and drink stirrers with biodegradable alternatives. Disney eliminating plastic drinking straws may cause a bit more blowback, but the company is focused on being cleaner and more environmentally friendly.

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FYI: They are more likely to pick up the temperature of your drink and become super hot or super cold, so stainless steel may not be the best option for people with sensitive teeth.

While other bans-like the one that Seattle recently passed-have included dispensations for consumers with disabilities, the present text of the Santa Barbara ordonnance contains no such exception.

What's happening in San Francisco?

Plastic bags are also on blast as are styrofoam cups.

The company will also eliminate plastic bags and use refillable amenities in hotels and cruise ships over the coming years.

While feel-good environmentalism is as Californian as surfing and cool ranch dressing, some see the law as draconian, especially considering that handing out straws now merits the same punishment in the great state of California as knowingly infecting a partner with HIV, at least on paper. The loss of plastic bags, plastic bottles, and stirrers is something that most people will be able to get around and learn how to adjust.

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