Photo credit: Strawless in Seattle
– Editor’s note:
A move to ban plastic straws and utensils has been sweeping across our country and is now in Seattle. The City of Yelm has the opportunity to be a leader in reducing these items from Thurston County’s waste-stream. Hopefully, since so many city officials read Yelm’s Blog, this story will move a counselor or four to propose and pass this here.
– “Seattle to ban plastic straws, utensils at restaurants next year”
“An ordinance banning plastic straws and plastic utensils will take effect next year in Seattle.
Starting July 1, 2018, eateries in the city will no longer be able to dispense plastic items, Seattle Public Utilities’ Strategic Adviser for Product Stewardship Sego Jackson said.”
“‘As of July 1, 2018, food services businesses should not be providing plastic straws or utensils,’ Jackson said. ‘What they should be providing are compostable straws or compostable utensils. But they also might be providing durables, reusables, or encouraging you to skip the straw altogether.’
The exemption allowing the disposable plastics was put in place in order to allow technology to make compostable alternatives more feasible.”
“According to the National Park Service, Americans use about 500 million drinking straws every day,” by Brett Cihon, KCPQ-13 TV News (Fox), Seattle.
– “Our Bodies Are Becoming Plastic”
* Globally, 83 percent of tap water samples tested were found to contain tiny microplastic particles
* In the U.S., 94 percent of tap water samples were found to contain plastic — the most out of all the locations tested
* Large quantities of microplastics are likely being transferred to agricultural land via sewage sludge”
By Dr. Merocla.