Plastic drinking straws are being eliminated at various bars and restaurants in major cities. In North America alone, we’ve seen the movement take place in Toronto, cities in the state of Colorado, and along the West Coast of the United States. Portland, Oregon, is the latest community that’s seeing many of their bars and restaurants ditching straws.
St. Jack, a French cafe located in the Northwest District, was one of the first places to eliminate plastic straws. According to Eater Portland, the idea was brought up by restaurant bar manager Charlie Dorst. The establishment simply serves drinks without the straw, and they explain their reasoning when customers ask for one.
Over 500 million single-use plastic straws are used every day in the United States alone. If they’re made of polypropylene, they can be recycled in most locations, but many of them end up in the trash after a fast food meal or when a bar cleans up drinks. Each plastic straw that ends up in landfills and oceans can take up to 200 years to decompose.