Western Australian government considers ban on plastic straws
Good news for turtles
In potentially life-saving news for all sea creatures, the Western Australian government is currently considering banning plastic drinking straws within the state, after previously striking down the notion.
"Yes, in fact we're considering a lot more than that," Premier Mark McGowan told ABC Radio Perth. He continued, "I regard plastic as the enemy of the Earth and I've thought this for years, because I've seen the impact on marine life and terrestrial life. I care deeply about conservation and looking after endangered species." This potential initiative follows a previously passed ban on single-use plastic bags, which will go into effect July 1.
Should Australia go through with this ban, the global repercussions could be huge. However, is the US doing enough to follow suit? According to Eco-Cycle, Americans go through 500 million straws every day. While some cities, states, and companies (Marriot, Spirit Airlines, Bacardi, etc.) are doing their part to limit or ban plastic straw use, many wonder if the US is falling behind on this environmental initiative.
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