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The world’s largest coffeehouse chain, Starbucks, is ditching plastic straws in a bid to become more sustainable. The decision is highly impactful; the company has more than 28,000 locations across the world and the move to eliminate straws will result in more than one billion fewer straws being produced every year. Replacing the item is […]
McDonald’s is stepping up its sustainability efforts. The fast-food behemoth just announced last Friday that it is switching to paper straws in all UK and Ireland locations in response to the mounting waste accumulated by single-use plastic straws. The swap to paper straws will begin in September, and the full transition is expected to be […]
Vancouver is set to become the first major Canadian city to ban single-use plastic straws, polystyrene cups, and take-out containers. Representatives voted unanimously on the ban last week. According to a press release, the plastic straw ban is part of the city’s new Zero Waste 2040 initiative. The campaign is the first comprehensive, city-wide zero waste plan […]
A new press release by the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) highlighted the threat of plastic pollution in the world’s oceans. According to the organization, 89 percent of the plastic in the ocean is single-use plastic items such as plastic bags, straws, and disposable utensils. This data was collected through more than 5,000 dives that […]
International grab-and-go vegan-friendly food chain, Pret A Manger, is taking measures to do its part in protecting the world’s oceans by pledging to reduce its use of plastic. In a tweet earlier this week, the company wrote: “We’re pledging to reduce, reuse and recycle as much plastic as possible. We’ll keep you updated along the way…” […]
The use of plastic straws in restaurants, bars, and cafes throughout Oakland, Calif., is set to see changes. The Oakland City Council recently voted unanimously to pass a law restricting access to single-use plastic straws, KTVU reported. The new ordinance means that straws will only be available to customers upon request. “Plastic straws pose a […]

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