The Irony of the Plastic Straw Ban, by Adriana Cohen

The Irony of the Plastic Straw Ban, by Adriana Cohen

The Irony of the Plastic Straw Ban, by Adriana Cohen

Walt Disney is the latest company to announce a plan to eliminate plastic straws. If they want our straws, one argued, they can "come and take them".

Despite the growing popularity of straw bans there is scant evidence that they are a major factor in plastic pollution in the ocean. San Francisco is in the process of enacting a ban on straws and other plastic items, which would begin next July 1.

It's time to ditch the use of unnecessary plastic and taking the stand to ditch the plastic straw is a great start. Seattle became the first major U.S. city to ban the offending utensils this month and British Prime Minister Theresa May took time out of her busy schedule of Brexit-bungling to ban plastic straws, stirrers and q-tips in April. Bye bye plastic straws.

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"For the majority of the council", reported the Santa Barbara Independent, "the only question was how best to wordsmith the ordinance language to tighten the exemptions". The second offense could be met with a fine of up to $1,000 and a prison term of up to six months.

Here's what you should know about plastic straw bans in California. Disney eliminating plastic drinking straws may cause a bit more blowback, but the company is focused on being cleaner and more environmentally friendly. That is a potential problem because some disabled people can not drink without a straw, according to published reports. "Today's announcement is more than about reducing single-use plastic waste, it's also about showing millions of kids and adults from around the world the many ways we can change our daily habits to care for the oceans and protect nature that sustains us all".

Additionally, updates to this ordinance would include exemptions in consideration of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

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They also reported a 41% reduction of the company's net greenhouse gas emissions in 2017, and a diversion of almost 50 percent of its waste from landfills and incineration, making "significant progress" on their long-term goal of net-zero emissions with zero waste.

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