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How Citizens Are Organizing To Ban Plastic Straws In One Colorado City

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Plastic straws are some of the most common one-use plastic items in the world. They are everywhere, from fast-food establishments to sit-down restaurants and coffee shops. They're even on items we buy at the grocery store, such as juice boxes. For the sake of convenience, some people buy plastic straws to use at home. 

Unfortunately, because plastic does not biodegrade, seemingly small plastic objects, such as straws, can pose a big problem for the environment. They crowd already-overburdened landfills and, according to Dailycamera, they are one of the most commonly-littered items in the world. 

Unfortunately, eco-friendly alternatives, such as glass or stainless steel straws, haven't taken off the ground yet, often because of cost, accessibility, or lack of consumer awareness that these options exist. Luckily, a grassroots organization to curb plastic straw use is budding in one Colorado city.

In Boulder, Colorado, one concerned citizen, Graham Hill, was recently awarded a $300 micro-grant given out by the city and the group C3 Boulder to support climate-related local initiatives. With this grant, Hill decided to do something about plastic straws in his city. He formed a movement, called the "Suck the Straws Out of Boulder Campaign," aimed at gaining legislative support for a plastic straw ban (or limit) in Boulder.