Plastic Straw Ban Sent Back for Further Revision

Plastic Straw Ban Sent Back for Further Revision

Plastic Straw Ban Sent Back for Further Revision

The massive company has announced that they are going to be reducing plastic waste at all of its theme parks worldwide, and that includes eliminating single-use plastic straws, cutting back on in-room plastic amenities, and moving to reusable shopping bags. They save time (hello, throwing dishes away instead of washing them), and they decrease clutter (no need to store those cups in your cabinets).

Despite the growing popularity of straw bans there is scant evidence that they are a major factor in plastic pollution in the ocean.

The city of Santa Barbara, California, is taking the anti-plastic straw crusade to new heights of absurdity, mandating hefty fines and even jail time for restaurant and bar owners who dare to supply plastic straws to their customers.

Santa Barbara made national news as jail time was suggested for punishment for anyone breaking this ordinance. The second offense could be met with a fine of up to $1,000 and a prison term of up to six months. Bye bye plastic straws.

While plastic pollution of the oceans is a real problem, banning plastic straws, particularly in USA cities, isn't the solution, observed Fox News' John Stossel. At the rate we're using straws, there is estimated to be more plastic in the ocean than fish by 2050, according to a report by the Ellen Macarthur Foundation.

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.

There have been some huge steps taken in cutting out the use of plastic straws in the last few weeks and months.

The stringent measure, believed to be the strictest of the straw prohibitions that have recently swept across the nation, passed unanimously in the Santa Barbara city council on July 17.

What's happening in San Francisco?

Plastic straw bans have also been criticized by some advocates and people with disabilities. Paper straws, of course, tend to fall apart when they get wet; and, as Stossel reminded readers, they cost more, require more energy to produce, and don't degrade in landfills.

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