On Monday, Malibu's City Council banned restaurants and other businesses in the area from giving customers plastic straws, stirrers, or utensils, according to the L.A. Times. The decision was a culmination of a campaign led by a local woman named Sheila Morovati, who started petitioning the Council last year after walking down the beach with her family, collecting plastic waste from the sand and water.
Craig George, the city's environmental sustainability director, gave a statement saying this was a strongly supported measure in the seaside town's community, and that Malibu should lead as an example for other cities who want to take a stand against plastic pollution.
"This is a community based on its ocean and beaches and we want to protect those," said George. "Individual cities have to decide how they're going to protect the earth. We've got to start somewhere. If we can start locally, that's the best place to start."