Alongside plastic bags, styrofoam and secondhand smoke, single-use plastic straws may be the next item to go extinct in Berkeley.
With an anti-straw proposal being floated by several members of the city council this week, the more-politically-correct-than-thou residents of this East Bay burg may soon join a statewide trend to get rid of the plastic tubes that help us all just suck it up.
Berkeley residents already paying a little more for their soda-taxed beverages may soon have to enjoy their drinks without the aid of an environmental menace: the plastic straw.
The StrawFree.org Team Tried to Go A Week Without Plastic Plastic is a problem. Our world has become one that lives, breathes, and eats (yes, eats) plastics. We use plastic for packaging, storage, clothes, hygiene, cooking, technology, the list goes on. It’s hard to think of an industry that doesn’t use plastic in some way, [...]
Students are never really taught how to protect the future of Earth. At least not at the lunch table. But there’s an inconspicuous agent in each person’s drink, one that’s also one of the most unassuming contributors to landfills: straws. Read Article
The ancient Sumerians, in creating the first straw, probably rejoiced at their ingenuity. But thousands of years later, straws are made of plastic, and they pose a danger to marine life. They have ended up in the noses of turtles, leading to, when humans intervene to help, painful removals. The animals often mistake plastic bags [...]
After voters passed a statewide ban on plastic bags in 2016, one group in Huntington Beach hopes to reduce the use of plastic straws. Straw Free wants to help clean up beaches and waterways across California by getting people to say no to plastic straws. Read Article
Huntington Beach-based StrawFree.org is hoping to make its city the first in Orange County to ban straws, which they say is one of the top 10 pieces of garbage polluting the ocean and not recycled by most municipalities. Read Article
Californians voted to remove plastic bags from grocery stores, so would they be willing to eliminate plastic straws from their lives too? That’s what many activists are hoping as the war on straws heats up. (Yes, there is a war on straws.) Read Article
Plastic shopping bags are so 2016. The new trendy target for those who want to reduce the stream of plastic flowing into our oceans, beaches and parks, is something smaller — plastic straws. And since November, when California voters agreed to ban plastic bags from supermarkets and other retailers, people who want similar restrictions on [...]