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That’s the First Straw

Ban-the-straw advocate Dune Ives wants to get rid of lots of plastics, not just the one in your iced tea.

Behold: plastic straws.

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In the interview, California is set to ban certain restaurants from serving straws unless customers ask for one. But given that straws represent a tiny fraction of the plastics choking our oceans, can initiatives like these really make a difference? Ban-the-straw advocate Dune Ives says targeting the straw is, in part, a way to move on to blocking other plastics from the world’s waste stream.

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