U.S. Cities and Counties Switching From Plastic to Paper Straws – And Others Exploring the Change

The push to eliminate the use of plastic straws can’t be dismissed as a fad any longer. People around the world are learning more every day about the harm caused to their environment by single-use plastics.

As a result, local and state governments in the U.S. find themselves under growing pressure to make the switch to paper straws and do what they can to eliminate single-use plastics. Many are listening and responding, understanding the importance of acting in ways that have a real effect against the ongoing threat of pollution from plastic on land and in our oceans.

Movement Throughout the Country

Resistance to the use of plastic straws in restaurants took root in 2018. Many companies responded to consumer sentiment without waiting for legislative action by preemptively enacting changes when it came to using plastic straws.

Businesses like Alaska Airlines, Red Lobster, Starbucks, and Bon Appétit implemented policy changes eliminating plastic straws from their service and going with other environmentally-friendly options. Bon Appétit plans to roll out paper straws to all their business locations by September of 2019.

Washington Cities Move Forward

Seattle became the first major U.S. city to take legislative action against plastic straws and utensils. They enacted a ban on both in restaurants and bars that went into effect on July 1st, 2018. Businesses were encouraged to switch to paper straws as an environmentally-friendly alternative.

The Washington city of Edmond soon followed their lead, phasing out the use of plastic straws and utensils on any city premise. The goal is a complete city-wide ban on single-use plastics by 2020. Local businesses have already begun looking to other options like paper straws

California Makes the Switch

Cities throughout California have also voted to enact bans on plastic straws. Malibu, which already had a ban in place against Styrofoam and plastic bags, voted in February to ban plastic straws. Manhattan Beach and Santa Cruz also placed bans on disposable plastics, soon joined by the following California cities.

  • Alameda
  • Berkely
  • Carmel
  • Davis
  • Oakland
  • Richmond

The governing state body paid attention and took action. Governor Jerry Brown signed legislation banning the use of plastic, exempting fast-food restaurants. It’s the first state-wide ban signed into law in the U.S., taking effect January 1st, 2019.

Not Just a West Coast Movement

Legislation banning plastic straw use is also being pursued elsewhere in the country. Hawaii and New York are other states considering passing similar laws at the state level. The Jersey Shore town of Monmouth Beach enacted a sweeping ban on single-use plastics, including straws.

Miami Beach’s ban on using plastic straws and stirrers along any of its beaches or in any public place goes into effect on February 1st, 2019. They’re following the lead of other Florida cities like Fort Myers, which put a similar law into place back in 2017. Businesses there provide customers with alternatives like paper straws upon request.

Be Ready for the Change

Businesses within the U.S. and around the world should prepare themselves for the sea of change happening against the continued use of plastic straws. FarfromBoring Hospitality creates paper straws from high-quality food-grade cellulose products. That means our straws last up to three hours in beverages. Businesses can also obtain our products at a low cost, helping them reduce their disposable waste footprint around the country.

Contact FarfromBoring Hospitality at (866) 751-7766 for deals on bulk orders of paper straws. You should also visit our Facebook page detailing how your paper straw purchase contributes to the planting of new trees and making our planet a cleaner, safer place.

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