Consumers and lawmakers are calling for the reduction in the use of plastic.
When faced with paper or plastic, more businesses and their customers are saying, “Paper.”
The city of Seattle has banned single-use plastic straws and utensils from all of its 5,000 restaurants, as of July 1. Customers who specially request straws will receive compostable ones. It is believed to be the first city to take that measure.
“This applies to all food service businesses, including restaurants, grocery stores, delis, coffee shops, food trucks, and institutional cafeterias,” according to a statement by the office of Seattle’s mayor, Jenny Durkan.
“In addition, businesses with customer disposal stations where customers discard single-use packaging must provide options to collect recyclable and compostable packaging in clearly labeled bins,” the statement added.
Smaller U.S. cities, including Malibu, Davis and San Luis Obispo, Calif., Seattle and Miami Beach and Fort Myers, Fla., have all banned or limited plastic straws. Food and beverage establishments have turned to paper, bamboo, metal and even glass to replace plastic straws.