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The real reason why so many cities and businesses are banning plastic straws has nothing to do with straws at all
Starbucks has vowed to get its iconic green sippers completely off store shelves by 2020, while Seattle banned all plastic utensils, including straws, from bars and businesses city-wide earlier this month. The truth is that straws are just the tip of the plastic waste trash heap.
Kroger is ditching plastic bags. It announced on Thursday that it plans to phase out single-use plastic bags at all locations by 2025. The change applies to all of Kroger's grocery brands, including Ralphs, Harris Teeter, and QFC, which will be the first chain to stop using single-use plastic bags.
Starbucks announced on Monday that planned to eliminated single-use plastic straws globally by 2020. The chain is rolling out more strawless lids, already in use for certain drinks, as well as developing new plastic-free straws.
Paper straws, which are more environmentally friendly, will replace the plastic ones starting in September. The ban on plastic straws comes as a result of a series of successful trials in certain outlets — and they will soon start in the US, France, and Norway.