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Eliminating plastic straws offers a case study in how simple solutions can be devilishly tricky to implement – and sometimes even worse than the problems they were meant to solve.
With a food processor and just six ingredients, these crisp and flakey hand-held snacks whip up in no time.
Under the proposal, customers could purchase paper or reusable plastic bags for a dime each. Cities with a bag ordinance already in place would be required to adopt the state’s bill by January 2020, but could charge a higher bag fee.
The city of Los Angeles took a step Tuesday toward limiting the availability of single-use plastic straws in restaurants, joining the state and a slew of smaller cities that have approved similar restrictions.
Now that plastic straws may be headed for extinction, could Americans’ love of balloons be deflated?
San Francisco is expected to join Seattle in outlawing plastic straws.
Marriott International plans to remove plastic straws and drink stirrers from all of its 6,500 hotels and resorts worldwide by next year.
American Airlines says it will stop using plastic straws and drink stirs and replace them with biodegradable alternatives.
The Seattle megachain of coffee shops has begun to stop offering plastic straws and is providing recyclable strawless lids at locations in Washington and Oregon. That includes a downtown Spokane location, and several independent roasters are following suit.
Starbucks says it will become the largest food and beverage retailer to commit to eliminating plastic straws, a change it says it will complete by 2020.
Starbucks is recalling stainless-steel straws it sold in its stores and online after three reports of children suffering “mouth lacerations” while using them.