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San Francisco Just Banned Plastic Straws

Plastic straws are going the way of the styrofoam fast food container and 100 watt light bulb. Soon you won't be able to find them anywhere. Coming on the heels of Starbucks' announcement, hotel chain Marriott said that they will stop using plastic straws at their more than 6,500 properties by next July. And like the coffee giant, Marriott believes the move could save more than 1 billion plastic straws and about 250 million stirrers per year. San Francisco has even jumped onboard the trend voting unanimously to ban plastic straws. The Board of Supervisors passed an ordinance Tuesday that prohibits restaurants, bars, and other shops from doling out plastic items. This includes straws, stirrers, and or toothpicks. The rule goes into effect on July 1, 2019.