Last month we discussed multiple businesses that were making the switch from plastic straws to paper straws. Some argued that these companies weren’t making the switch because of kindness, but instead because of government regulation. While we like to think companies care about the environment, there is no denying that government officials across the US are putting laws in place to make owning paper straws that much more important.

The state of California made the move to restrict the use of plastic straws statewide, but it appears that Los Angeles is taking things one step further. Their plan is to ban plastic straws completely in local restaurants by 2021.

For those following the news, its estimated that 500 million drinking straws are used every day. Many of those straws end up in the ocean where they can cause harm to ocean life. “Plastic has helped advance innovation in our society, but our infatuation with single-use convenience has led to disastrous consequences,” said Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr in a story by Food Business News.

So what does that mean long term? For businesses it means that now is the best time to make the switch from plastic to paper straws. While we hate to use this blog to self-promote, we encourage you to check out our paper straws for sale on our website.  You don’t want to wait until the last minute and worry about making the switch. Instead you’ll be ahead of the game and worry free as your competitors start to panic.  Another reason to make the switch is because your customers really don’t mind.   Paper Straws are just as durable as paper straws and they simple get the job done.  Depending on the customer’s age, they might even be more familiar with paper straws. Past generations remember them fondly in their childhood.

While Los Angeles is the latest city taking action, we don’t expect them to be the last.  Eventually we believe that all cities will do the part in eliminating plastic straws. In the meantime Straws Shop offers both paper and plastic straws to our customers. The final choice is up to you and we are here to help you every step of the way.

 

Sources:

Food Business News:
https://www.foodbusinessnews.net/articles/12979-are-we-nearing-the-last-straw-for-plastic

CNBC:

https://www.cnbc.com/2018/12/04/los-angeles-considers-outright-ban-on-plastic-straws.html