"Today's announcement is more than about reducing single-use plastic waste, it's also about showing millions of kids and adults from around the world the many ways we can change our daily habits to care for the oceans and protect nature that sustains us all".
Americans use almost 500 million plastic straws every day.
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While first violations would result in a warning, intentional flouting of the new rule could land business owners with a misdemeanor, which means a fine of up to $1,000 plus the possibility of up to six months in prison.
Because each individual straw represents a separate violation, penalties could rack up quickly. At the rate we're using straws, there is estimated to be more plastic in the ocean than fish by 2050, according to a report by the Ellen Macarthur Foundation. The place "where dreams come true" will also become an environmentally-friendly place; Disney's ban will take out 175 million plastic straws, not to mention 13 million stirrers used in different beverages, that are disposed of annually. It has also been a legislation since this month in Seattle.
The stringent measure, believed to be the strictest of the straw prohibitions that have recently swept across the nation, passed unanimously in the Santa Barbara city council on July 17. That is a potential problem because some disabled people can not drink without a straw, according to published reports.
With plastic straws banned throughout California and offenders in one city facing possible jail time for using them, dissidents have assembled to resist the only way they know how: By sharing memes on the internet. Unfortunately, more cities - San Francisco being the latest - seem determined to follow suit.