I have a feeling a lot of other cities (and possibly countries) are going to get on board this train sooner or later. And in the end, it will be better for all of us. Seattle, Washington became the first American city to altogether ban plastic straws on July 1, 2018.
Seattle banned plastic utensils as well on July 1. The plastic straw ban can result in a $250 fine to restaurants. The disastrous effects of plastic straws on our environment have been well documented as of late, and this can only be seen as a step in the right direction.
Customers will still be able to request compostable plastic or paper straws, but both of those items still pose environmental problems. Let’s see how many other U.S. cities follow suit.