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San Francisco Might Ban Single-Use Plastic Straws

San Francisco is contemplating laws that may ban retailers from offering clients with single-use plastic straws, an ocean pollutant that environmentalists say poses critical well being dangers to marine life. 

The proposed laws, launched Tuesday by Supervisor Katy Tang, prohibits the distribution and sale of not solely single-use plastic straws but additionally plastic stir sticks, plastic toothpicks and plastic splash sticks wherever within the metropolis. 

Tang asserts that greater than one million plastic straws are discarded day by day in San Francisco, an quantity that surpasses town’s inhabitants. Straws and different small items of plastic are among the many most often littered gadgets, advocates for straw bans say, they usually simply make their approach to the ocean when washed down storm drains.

And due to their dimension and plastic composition, plastic straws usually can’t be recycled. 

“Here in San Francisco, this is quite literally the last plastic straw,” Tang stated Tuesday. “We need to step up and do something about our wasteful daily habits when there are other alternatives.”

Many San Francisco meals and beverage companies are already on board, regardless of the upper price of paper straws.


“I am in support of the plastic straw ban because it will be so much better for the environment,” stated Lauren Crabbe, co-founder of town’s widespread Andytown Espresso Roasters. “At Andytown, we were actually in the process of phasing out plastic straws already, so the legislation is not disruptive for us at all.”

They’re switching to “the most durable paper straws we can find, and also selling very affordable metal straws for the ‘slow drinkers’ who need a longer-lasting material,” possible by the tip of June, she stated. 

The co-owner of Sightglass, one other well-trafficked espresso outpost in San Francisco, additionally stood by the proposal.

“We’ve always offered fully-compostable straws produced from plants, so this legislation definitely aligns with our business practices,” co-owner Jerad Morrison stated. 

Tang famous that the Surfrider Basis’s San Francisco chapter has additionally began working with greater than 100 companies within the metropolis to assist them section out plastic straws.  

The hazard of plastic straws could also be among the many extra well-known threats to marine life. An agonizing video from 2015 of scientists spending almost 10 minutes eradicating a plastic straw from a sea turtle’s nostril has greater than 24 million views on YouTube. That turtle has since turn into an unofficial mascot for the anti-plastics air pollution motion. 

Comparable laws already exists within the California cities of San Luis Obispo and Davis, The San Francisco Chronicle famous. Comparable prohibitions are scheduled to kick in in Malibu and Seattle this summer time. 

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