The Plastic Straw Ban in the United States of AmericaRrodolf Caushi April 18, 2019On January 1, 2019 legislatures of Washington DC, USA started discussing the legal ban of plastic straws. The use of plastic straws become an issue after a video showing a straw dislodged from sea turtle nose by marine rescuers. People were infuriated. This simple, yet heart-wrenching video sparked a movement that will hopefully pave the way to future projects to help clean and improve our environment. Everyday in the US 500 million straws are trashed in the waste. This heavy usage of a small plastic product has lead to the estimated 8.3 billion straws that are currently polluting our world’s beaches. Even if the straws can be recycled, they still rarely make itthrough the recycling process correctly. Plastic straws size is small but the damage they have to the environment is huge and banning them is the only solution, because they havea significant effect on pollution and the methods we use at the present time to recycle them are not to efficient to dispose them properly. Firstly, Many people don’t understand why straws are being banned, or what is so bad about them. 8.3 billion plastic straws pollute our oceans and beaches today, while an estimated 7.5 billion straws pollute America’s beaches alone (Gibbens, 2019, para.3). This does major harm to the whole entire ecosystem that exists in our oceans and on our beaches. There have been many pictures shared on all platforms of plastic straws harmingsea life in particular. A new trend that has recently started the past couple years has been community beach cleanups. Members of the community gather and work together to pickup trash and clean up the beaches all over the US. During these routine beach cleanups
straws are among the top ten items found (“Why This Matters”, N.D.). Many cities and corporations in the US are joining in this ban of plastic straws. Cities such as New York City and Hawaii have pending straw ban legislations (Locker, 2018, para.4). Although California does have a statewide pending legislation on the plastic straw ban there are some cities in California that have banned them already. These cities include Alameda, Caramel, San Luis Obispo, Davis, Malibu, Manhattan Beach, Oakland, Richmond, and Berkley (Locker, 2018, para.4). The cities of Seattle and Edmonds in Washington have also banned plastic straws. Seattle was actually the first city in the United States to place a ban on plastic straws (Square, N.D, para.4). Other cities around Florida and New Jerseyhave banned plastic straws.