Beachgoers to Malibu will no longer be able to sip their cocktails through straws. The affluent Californian beach town will be banning the use of plastic straws and utensils beginning in June.
The move is the latest step for the city to eliminate single use plastics, having already banned plastic shopping bags and Styrofoam products. "If people could see all the plastics that we find on a daily basis, I think everyone would be supportive of this ban,” Malibu City Councilwoman Laura Rosenthal said in a statement.
To make the transition for businesses easier, the city will be providing a single box of paper straws. After that, the businesses will be required to use straws made from paper, bamboo or wood. Malibu is just the latest city to hop on the straw-banning trend. Seattle, a much larger city, will start to ban plastic straws and utensils in July.
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