Plastic straws, utensils now banned at Seattle restaurants
Seattle bars and restaurants are no longer allowed to provide their customers with plastic straws and utensils — making Seattle the first major city in the United States to ban single-use plastic items in the food sector.
An Associated Press report showed that Seattle, being an ‘eco-conscious city”, has always been the leader in the US when it comes to environmental efforts, “working to aggressively curb the amount of trash that goes into landfills”.
Right now, the city has 5,000 restaurants, including Seattle-based Starbucks outlets.
Because of the law that was just put in place, these restaurants will now have to use reusable or compostable utensils, straws, and cocktail picks.
“Plastic pollution is surpassing crisis levels in the world’s oceans, and I’m proud Seattle is leading the way and setting an example for the nation by enacting a plastic straw ban,” Seattle Public Utilities General Manager Mami Hara said in a statement.
The ban came a few months after a group called Lonely Whale launched the “Strawless in Seattle” campaign, which involved more than 100 businesses that voluntarily helped remove 2.3 million single-use plastic straws.