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Malibu Bans Plastic Straws and Utensils from Restaurants

by 4Ocean Team March 04, 2018 5 Comments

Malibu Bans Plastic Straws and Utensils from Restaurants

The seaside town of Malibu has banned the usage of plastic straws, stirrers and utensils.

Monday, Feb. 26, the Malibu City Council voted in support of the ban due to concerns about the environmental impact of plastic. This ban is also an effort to preserve and prevent the polluting of their famous, tourist-attracting beaches and marine life.

(photo clip from a video of plastic straw suck in the nose of a turtle. Click HERE to view video)

The bill takes effect June 1, giving restaurants and food vendors until then to make the change to items made of paper, wood or bamboo.

Craig George, the city's environmental sustainability director told the Los Angels Times, “This is a community based on its ocean and beaches and we want to protect those.”

City Councilwoman Laura Rosenthal told the Washington Post, “If people could see all the plastics that we find on a daily basis, I think everyone would be supportive of this ban.”

This bill is the next step in Malibu’s effort to promote ocean conservation. The town has had a plastic shopping bag ban since 2008.

4Ocean has dedicated itself to conserving the ocean and beaches with year-round beach cleanups and dives as well as a fleet of boats on the ocean seven days a week pulling trash. In addition to removing trash, our team is always helping to fight to fight against single-use plastics and encourage everyone to use reusable alternatives instead.

Help us conserve the ocean by removing a pound of trash! Click HERE to get your  4Ocean Bracelet!



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Mai Nguyen
Mai Nguyen

July 09, 2018

Great article. We really need to stop using plastic straws! Everyone needs to pitch in, and say no to plastic. You can buy reusable, biodegradable straws here: https://goo.gl/hGnBpB. I used them every chance I get.

Linda Sanders
Linda Sanders

April 07, 2018

On the mini kids drink cartons the wrapping around the straw too are being left on the beaches. We pick up as many as possible. How do we get people not to drop plastic!!!!

Ariel
Ariel

March 14, 2018

I will never purchase straws again. And will start a petition to stop Walmart from selling them. I’m beyond furous with myself because I feel reposable for this since I used them in the past. I feel sick in the stomach for helping to cause this much cruelty to these magnificent creatures.

Ariel
Ariel

March 14, 2018

I will never purchase straws again. And will start a petition to stop Walmart from selling them. I’m beyond furous with myself because I feel reposable for this since I used them in the past. I feel sick in the stomach for helping to cause this much cruelty to these magnificent creatures.

Sharlene
Sharlene

March 12, 2018

I will NEVER USE OR BUY STRAWS EVER AGAIN
PEOPLE PLEASE RECYCLE AND THINK

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