03 Jul '18, 10am

Seattle bans plastic straws, utensils and cocktail picks

Seattle bans plastic straws, utensils and cocktail picks

Strawless in Seattle is now officially enshrined into law. When restaurants in Seattle gave up straws for a month , they prevented 2 million plastic straws from being given out—some of which would undoubtedly have made their way into the ocean. But as a voluntary initiative, it was merely a temporary reprieve. Now, however, Seattle has enacted an outright ban on plastic straws, cocktail picks and plastic utensils too. As CNBC reports, as of last Sunday food service businesses will have to provide customers with paper and/or compostable plastic alternatives for these items, or face the possibility of a $250 fine. It's worth noting, of course, that compostable PLA plastic (usually corn-based) is not actually that much better than regular plastic in most situations, given the fact that it only breaks down in dedicated, high-heat composting facilities. Nevertheless, this is a ...

Full article: https://www.treehugger.com/plastic/seattle-bans-plastic-s...

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