‘People need them’: the trouble with the movement to ban plastic straws | California | The Guardian

At first glance, bans on plastic straws might seem like a simple – and harmless – next step for the environmentally conscious.

Love sea turtles? No more straws. Want to save the planet? “Stop sucking.”

But as cities and corporations jump on the anti-straw movement that is gaining worldwide support and celebrity backing, few have stopped to consider the unintended consequences of these well-intentioned bans.

Plastic straw ban: testing the eco-friendly alternatives

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Boba tea shops that rely on plastic straws are left scrambling to find pricier alternatives. Manufacturers of compostable straws can’t keep up production to meet the [...]

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