Straws are having a tough time in 2018. Large organizations, brands, and small companies have been taking steps to limit or ban plastic straws over the last several months. Now one state could become the first to restrict the use of plastic straws in restaurants.
According to The Washington Post, lawmakers sent Gov. Jerry Brown a measure that supporters say would make California the first state to bar full-service restaurants from giving out single-use plastic straws unless customers request them. It wouldn’t outright ban straws like many cities across the U.S. have in an attempt to curb plastic pollution and the legislation wouldn't impact fast food restaurants.
Backers of the plastic straw ban include the bill’s author, Assemblyman Ian Calderon (D-Whittier). Calderon says oceans, rivers, and other areas of the environment have been harmed by discarded plastic. He also noted that the California Coastal Commission has recorded roughly 835,000 straws and stirrers picked up between 1988 and 2014 during beach cleanups and other pollution reduction campaigns.