Help Reduce Single-Use Plastics

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“Whole Foods will eliminate plastic straws from all 500 of its stores in the U.S., U.K. and Canada by July, according to a press release emailed to Grocery Dive, becoming the first national grocer to make the change.”

-Read More: Whole Foods bans plastic straws from Grocery Dive, May, 21, 2019

“The ice cream maker says it'll stop offering plastic straws and spoons in more than 600 stores worldwide. It estimates the change could eliminate 30 million spoons and 2.5 million straws annually.”

-Read More: Ben & Jerry's is phasing out single-use plastic in its ice cream shops from CNN, January 30, 2019

“According to the 2018 WWF report ‘Out of the plastic trap: saving the Mediterranean from plastic pollution,’ large plastic pieces injure, suffocate and often kill marine animals, including protected and endangered species. But it is microplastics that have reached record levels of concentration (1.25 million fragments per km2 in the Mediterranean Sea), threatening many animal species and people by entering the food chain.” 

-Read More: The End Of Plastic Cutlery, Plates And Straws: EU Market Says Goodbye To Single-Use Plastic Products from Forbes, January 22, 2019

“Beginning January 1, 2019 restaurants will only be allowed to give customers plastic straws upon request. In April 2019, the city will begin spot-checking establishments and issuing warnings to those which don't comply. On January 1, 2020, restaurants should end the use of plastic straws. ”

-Read More: St. Pete votes to get rid of plastic straws by 2020 from Fox 13 News, December 13, 2018

“San Francisco, Malibu and Manhattan Beach have banned the plastic devices. Berkeley, Davis and Oakland have all adopted something similar to Los Angeles — asking that straws be given out only at customers’ request.”

-Read More: L.A. plans to make plastic straws available only on request from L.A. Times, December 4, 2018

“Two hundred and fifty organizations, including PepsiCo, Coca-Cola, Unilever, Colgate, SC Johnson, and H&M, signed on to the new commitment, which sets out a vision with multiple steps. Companies are committing to eliminate plastic when it’s problematic or unnecessary, and to shift to reusable packaging in some cases.”

-Read More: 250 organizations are joining forces to end plastic waste from Fast Company, October 28, 2018

“The European Parliament has voted to ban single-use plastics across the board in an attempt to stop the unending stream of plastic pollution making its way into the oceans. They include things like straws, plates, cups and cotton buds, and can take several centuries to degrade in the oceans where they are increasingly observed to be consumed by marine life.”

-Read More: The European Union Just Voted To Ban Single-Use Plastics By 2021 from Forbes, October 25, 2018

“Cities like San Francisco, California, and Seattle, Washington, have banned plastic drinking straws and other take out containers. The bans come amid growing concern about plastic pollution in creeks, rivers, and the ocean.”

-Read More: Narberth Becomes First Pennsylvania Town to Pass Plastic Straw and Bag Restriction, Lawmakers Want Statewide Restriction from NBC Philadelphia, October 19, 2018

“Most plastic turns to trash after a single use. If you think you're doing Mother Earth a solid by slinging your used plastics into the recycling, think again. More than 79% of all plastic waste ends up in landfills, or gets stuck in the natural world, regardless of which sorting bin you put it in.”

-Read More: The real reason why so many cities and businesses are banning plastic straws has nothing to do with straws at all from Business Insider, September 21, 2018

“If you want a straw with your drink or a soda with a kids' meal at a California restaurant, you'll need to ask for them starting next year.”

-Read More: California makes people ask for straws, sodas with kid meals from San Francisco Chronicle, September 20, 2018

“A study published in the journal Nature Thursday found that sea turtles have a 50 percent higher chance of mortality once they've ingested 14 pieces of plastic.”

-Read More: How much plastic does it take to kill a sea turtle? from Mashable, September 16, 2018

"There's a mind-boggling amount of plastic in the oceans, and that amount grows every day. At least 8 million metric tons of plastic pour into the sea every year — a number that's considered a low estimate, since it doesn't include commonly found debris like fishing nets."

-Read More: The massive plastic-cleaning device invented by a 24-year-old is headed out to the Great Pacific Garbage Patch — here's what the launch looked like  from Business Insider, September 9, 2018

"This is the summer of the plastic-straw ban. Bans on straws have swept through U.S. cities, businesses, restaurants and even sports venues at a surprising speed."

-Read More: The Summer of Plastic-Straw Bans: How We Got There from The Wall Street Journal, August, 7, 2018

"Starbucks will stop using disposable plastic straws by 2020, eliminating more than one billion straws a year"

-Read More: Starbucks to Stop Using Disposable Plastic Straws by 2020 from The New York Times, July 9, 2018

“McDonald's has joined the fight against plastic pollution by switching to paper straws at its restaurants in the United Kingdom and Ireland.”

-Read More: McDonald's to scrap plastic straws in UK and Ireland from CNN, June 15, 2018

“Ikea said Thursday it will phase out all single-use plastic products from its shops and restaurants by 2020. The company announced the ban as part of a broader sustainability strategy, in which it committed to become ‘people and planet positive by 2030.’”

-Read More: Ikea bans all single-use plastic from its stores and restaurants from CNN Money, June 7, 2018

"While straws account for only a small fraction of the single-use plastics in circulation or in landfills, their size and shape make them a threat to marine life; the straws can entrap animals and be swallowed whole by fish."

-Read More: The Plastic Straw Is Losing Status as New York’s Big Sipper from The New York Times, May 10, 2018

"Many independent hotels have had plastic bans in effect for years, but big chains are only recently catching up. Anantara Hotels will remove straws from its properties by the end of 2018. So will Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts"

-Read More: Bans on Plastic Straws Are Growing. But Is the Travel Industry Doing Enough? from The New York Times, May 1, 2018

"What were we thinking, allowing all these tiny pieces of plastic to be generated for beverages that are gone in minutes? Once discarded, millions of straws end up in the ocean, where some become lodged up the nostrils of sea turtles."

-Read More: Could It Be the Last Straw for Plastic Straws? from The Wall Street Journal, April 13, 2018

"The El Valle Wildlife Rescue Center determined that the sperm whale was killed by gastric shock to its stomach and intestines after ingesting 64 pounds of plastic. The autopsy found plastic bags, nets, ropes, plastic sacks, and even a plastic jerrycan in the whale's stomach and intestines."

-Read More: Yet Another Dead Whale Is Grave Reminder Of Our Massive Plastic Problem
from Forbes, April 9, 2018

"The Great Pacific Garbage Patch, a collection of plastic, floating trash halfway between Hawaii and California, has grown to more than 600,000 square miles, a study published Thursday found. That's twice the size of Texas."

-Read More: World's largest collection of ocean garbage is twice the size of Texas
from USA Today, March 22, 2018

"A soggy straw was what Jason Rammelsberg, 43, ended up with in Seattle, where plastic straws will be outlawed come July. The software-company manager’s encounter with a paper straw wasn’t bad for 10 minutes—until it started absorbing his Coke Zero."

-Read More: The War on Straws Is Coming to a Bar Near You
from The Wall Street Journal, March 19, 2018

"Buckingham Palace has said the royal household has a “strong desire to tackle the issue” and would do so by cutting back plastics, such as straws and plastic bottles."

-Read More: Queen Elizabeth has declared war - on plastic
from Fox News, February 12, 2018

"Plastic straws, like all plastic items, are incredibly damaging to the environment with a single straw taking 500 years to decompose."
"Pernod Ricard is the latest global drinks producer to lead calls for an end to the use of plastic straws and stirrers, banning them within all parts of its business worldwide, and is encouraging its affiliates to do the same."

-Read More: Pernod Ricard Bans Plastic Straws And Stirrers
from The Drinks Business, January 12, 2018

"It’s not that the straw is the worst plastic, or the most prevalent plastic, or the most deadly-to-aquatic-life plastic. It’s because the straw is, as [Adrian] Grenier puts it, a “gateway plastic,” insidious in its seeming innocence, in our inability to see it for what it really is: unnecessary, toxic flotsam, contributing to a mass of plastic garbage that will one day — by 2050, experts predict — literally outweigh all the fish in the sea."

-Read More: Consider the plastic drinking straw: Why do we suck so much?
from The Washington Post, October 23, 2017

"A YouTube video of a sea turtle with a straw stuck in its nose went viral in 2015. The cringe-inducing effort to pull the plastic out of a bloody nostril outraged viewers — 11.8 million so far."

-Read More: A campaign to eliminate plastic straws is sucking in thousands of converts 
from The Washington Post, June 24, 2017

 

Betsy Fischman