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Seattle banning straws, and plastic utensils.

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    http://www.seattletimes.com/seattle...to-plastic-straws-utensils-with-upcoming-ban/

    Seattle is set to enact a ban on plastic straws and utensils.

    All businesses that sell food or drinks must offer compostable or recyclable options — or ask patrons to forgo the tools altogether — come next July as part of a citywide ordinance to curb plastic waste across the city.

    The ban aside, about 200 retailers have agreed to make the switch this month as part of an industry-led campaign, dubbed “Strawless in Seattle,” to prevent the plastic from polluting ocean waters and threatening marine life. It is among similar efforts by advocacy groups in cities spanning the country, from San Diego to Miami.


    Lonely Whale Foundation. “Once we start observing our daily life, it’s really easy to see how quick” the plastic adds up.
    Supporters of the push say the change will save 1 million plastic straws from circulating in Seattle this month alone. That many straws end to end could nearly cover the distance from Seattle to the Canadian border.

    Many places across the city have made the switch from plastic to compostable straws, utensils and other items, including CenturyLink Field, Safeco Field and Columbia Tower’s Juicy Café, for example. Other local restaurants, such as Kidd Valley, are in the process of phasing out plastics. Costumers can expect the trend to grow.

    “When they go to a restaurant they may not get a straw — and that’s OK,” Ives said, shortly after a Thursday-morning event at the Seattle Aquarium to raise awareness for the September campaign. “They’re a part of this.”


    Seattle’s ban on plastic straws and utensils is part of a 2008 ordinance that phases out various plastic products from the city’s food industry, Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) spokeswoman Becca Fong said. Grocery and supply stores are not included.

    SPU officials revisit the list each year, creating exemptions for certain plastic items — such as straws and other utensils. But come June 30 they will let that exemption expire, Fong said.

    Restaurant leaders for years have supported a switch to remove the plastic tools from the ordinance’s exemptions, she said. But they waited until the supply market advanced enough to provide good alternatives, like compostable spoons that will not melt in hot soup.


    “Seattle is a super-progressive city, and we had a lot of support for phasing some of these things out,” Fong said. “But the market had not caught up.”


    outreach events, SPU is reaching out to business owners to help them prepare for the switch from plastic straws and utensils, she said. The agency will also host a public-comment period.


    At this point, it is unclear if the city will allow a grace period for places to swap out plastic supplies after the ban takes effect in July. Also unclear is whether the city will fine businesses for serving the plastic items.

    When city leaders banned plastic grocery bags in 2012, retailers faced potential fines of $250 for failing to comply.



    The advocacy nonprofit launched “Strawless in Seattle” this month with support from big-name influencers, including the Seahawks, Mariners, Space Needle and Port of Seattle.

    Participants will use straws by one manufacturer, specifically, called Aardvark Straws. The foundation applauds Aardvark for making “flexible, customizable, durable and marine degradable paper straws that decompose in just 45-90 days.”

    More than 170 species of marine life are affected by ingesting debris, according to biologists.

    Researchers estimate that more than 70 percent of seabirds worldwide, for instance, have swallowed plastic at some point, according to a 2015 research paper published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

    Actor Adrian Grenier, who is known for playing Vincent Chase in HBO’s “Entourage” series, is a co-founder of the Lonely Whale Foundation.

    “We are living during a critical turning point for our ocean, and that’s why I’m excited to celebrate the city of Seattle as a true ocean health leader,” he said in a news release. The nonprofit is set to launch similar campaigns in cities elsewhere, too.


    The movement nationwide to stop plastic straws from polluting seas took off after a video of a sea turtle with a straw stuck in its nose went viral online in 2015. More than 12.8 million people have viewed the clip. Another popular video shows a sea turtle harmed by a plastic fork.

    Manhattan Beach outside Los Angeles has banned all disposable plastics, including straws, The Washington Post reported.

    Berkeley, Calif., is also considering a ban. And restaurants in San Diego; Huntington Beach, Calif.; Asbury Park, N.J.; New York; Miami; Bradenton, Fla.; London; and British Columbia have pledged to ban straws or withhold them until patrons ask for them, the newspaper reported.


    Material from The Seattle Times archives and The Associated Press contributed to this report. Jessica Lee: 206-464-2532 or jlee@seattletimes.com
     
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    Banning straws sucks.

    Suck-less in Seattle.
     
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    Liberal idiocy on display again. They sure like banning things, don't they?
     
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    WTF? First it was paper or plastic, then only plastic, and now no sporks? It's not like I can fly into Seattle with my own silverware (thanks TSA). Forced to eat with my hands like some type of caveman. Damn regressives, they spoil everything


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    What was wrong with paper straws?

    I thought it was weird when they stopped using paper straws and went to plastic. Sure, paper straws can start to break down if you chew on one or take too long to drink your soda, but I remember thinking when I was young that it seemed like an extravagant waste to use plastic to make a single-use, throwaway straw.

    They've been offering paper and Eco-friendly compostable straws for a while, too.

    Non-plastic, biodegradable "table ware" is no big inconvenience, either. Worked just fine whenever we had lunch at one of the big "natural" markets in Seattle during our trips for the last year or two (however long they've been using them in their big food court). Even seemed better sized and "stronger" than some of the flimsy plastic utensils at cheaper places.

    Looking at the litter that floats on the water or sits on the ground (and goes down the street drains), it's no big surprise that a dismaying number of people can't really be trusted not to litter, or even to accurately throw trash in a nearby receptacle.
     
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    Why are so many of you opposed to ANY effort to clean up the environment?

    Is it some sort of manifest destiny of yours to spread your garbage all over the planet? Like a monkey flinging its crap everywhere?
     
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    Wonder how Seattle based Starbucks will handle this.

    Shaken tea anyone?
    How about that frappacino? Try that without a straw.

    Lol
     
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    Way to solve the short straw problem.
     
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    ADA may have some problems with Seattle.
     
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