Plastic Straw Ban Sent Back for Further Revision

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"There is no justifiable reason to use plastic straws".

Nope, says Santa Barbara, California, as it moves quickly to not only ban plastic straws, but also to give those who distribute them a pretty strong slap on the wrist.

You know you're a misguided environmentalist if you support banning plastic straws - the latest enviro craze sweeping the nation - while still consuming trendy Frappuccino-like drinks contained in big ol' plastic cups. Join us in saying no to the single-use plastic straw and encourage those around you to do the same!

Last week in a meeting of the Santa Barbara City Council, members voted to advance an ordinance that prohibits restaurants, bars and other food and beverage vendors from selling or distributing plastic straws. What's more, "each and every provision" of such prohibited items counts as a separate offense, so the penalties can pile up quickly.

"I wasn't against plastic straws at all, until seeing the damage they do first hand".




Food and products made outside the City of Santa Barbara, but sold within city limits, would also be exempt from the ordinance. In the first place, most of the plastic in the oceans comes from Asian countries with inadequate waste-disposal systems; the United States only accounts for about one percent of it, and plastic straws make up about 0.02 percent of that tiny amount.

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Santa Barbara's ordinance is unique because it has no exemption for the disabled.

While the city's new mayor, London Breed, struggles to get a handle on the city's public pooping problem, city supervisor Katy Tang described the straw ban as an example of how smug San Francisco "has been a pioneer of environmental change".

Plastic straw bans have also been criticized by some advocates and people with disabilities.

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