Disney joins cast of companies abandoning plastic straws

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Because each individual straw represents a separate violation, penalties could rack up quickly.

Only one councilman, Randy Rowse, opposed the measure.

To justify the ban, the ordinance cites Santa Barbara's "clean and healthy environment", the burden on landfills and the potential danger to both "local wildlife habitat" and the "marine environment".

The first violation of the straw ban draws a warning.

It might sound too little to really make change, but ditching the single-use plastic straw is a positive movement in the right direction and does make a difference. "But the second time a purveyor of plastic straws defies the ban is when the heavy hand of the law could clamp down", writes Fox News.

Just the US alone uses over 500 million straws a day and many of those end up in our oceans, polluting our water and harming ocean life.

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The company said this means a reduction of more than 175 million straws and 13 million stirrers a year. "The real number", noted Stossel, "is much lower". It has also been a legislation since this month in Seattle.

"Meeting the needs of guests with disabilities is extremely important to us".

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. We are de facto excluded from any food establishment in Santa Barbara....

Why single out plastic straws, which make up less than four percent of the plastic waste stream? I'm sure they'll all be racing to cut through that red tape. 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.

She also wrote that the alternative types of straws suggested by the city council "are among the worst types of straws".

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. It bans food and beverage providers from using, providing, distributing, and selling plastic straws, stirrers, and cutlery. Unfortunately, more cities - San Francisco being the latest - seem determined to follow suit.

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