Seattle Bans Plastic Straws and Utensils

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On Sunday 1 July, Seattle’s ban on plastic straws and utensils took effect. With more emphasis being placed on plastic, specifically straws, and how it impacts our oceans and environment, this ban is sure to set a precedent for other cities.

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“Food service businesses are no longer able to provide plastic straws and utensils — including forks, spoons, knives and cocktail picks. Instead, on request, they may provide approved compostable alternatives for dine-in service and compostable or recyclable take-out packaging,” stated The Seattle Times. “Though compostable plastic straws are allowed, environmental groups advocate using compostable paper-based straws.”

According to the Lonely Whale Foundation’s “Strawless In Seattle” campaign, “[Seattle is] the largest metropolitan city to ban the single-use plastic straw.”

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