DC Councilmember Jack Evans introduced a bill proposing a ban on plastic straws and stirrers in the city. The bill would prohibit retailers from providing plastic straws with the drinks they sell, and it will come to public hearing this fall.

The legislation was presented by Evans on July 10, 2018, the last day before council begins its summer recess, WTOP reports. According to the Democratic Party councilman, the bill will become law sometime in the next year if it manages to get enough support.

“I remember when I was growing up, I used to have these paper straws that are much better for the environment, and probably will make a big comeback now,” Evans said.

The politician pointed out that vendors could easily choose a recyclable alternative to “regular” harmful straws. He also emphasized that the move could entail exceptions for people who use flexible plastic straws due to medical necessity.

“It has created an environmental mess,” Evans said about the overuse of disposable plastic items that have become a part of our everyday life. “So I think we’re, at some point as a society, going to have to come to terms with, ‘What are we doing here’?”

Seattle recently became the first major U.S. city to implement a ban on plastic straws to save the environment and the ocean. While these plastic utensils are only used for a few minutes before being tossed, they account for a big part of plastic marine pollution. Even major corporations like Starbucks are moving away from plastic straws because, at the end of the day, for most consumers, they are incredibly unnecessary.

Americans alone use around 500 million plastic straws a day, and it is up to every single one of us to take on this massive environmental scourge and make simple changes in our everyday lives. Skipping the plastic straw does NOT mean giving up your favorite drinks, it just means making a switch to a reusable or biodegradable option!

To find out how you can be a part of the change by ditching straws and other single-use plastic items like cups and bottles, check out One Green Planet’s #CrushPlastic campaign!

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