February 5, 2018

The majority leader of the California State Assembly has proposed a bill (AB-1884) that serves up to 6 months of jail time to restaurant workers for giving out plastic straws unless one is requested by a patron. While the severity of the bill is debatable, it does reflect the strong popular opinion against plastic straws. 

Popular opinion can be a powerful force in deciding consumer trends and several think-tanks, media outlets and civil societies have started being more vocal online and offline. For example, the Evening Standard of London too joined a chorus of voices in UK against use of plastic straws in London restaurants, with the launch of its The Last Straw campaign....

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