We’re Saved: Seattle Bans Plastic Straws And Utensils

I’m not quite sure how I feel about this. On one hand, I have a big problem with plastic pollution. It is real. A goodly chunk may be coming from China, but that doesn’t mean we all do not contribute.

On the other hand, these enviroweenies always go overboard and interfere with private business, and so often do it while linking it to the climate change scam

(CNN) If you use a plastic straw or plastic utensils in Seattle now, get ready to pay.

A ban went into effect Sunday outlawing those particular straws and utensils at “all food service businesses, including restaurants, grocery stores, delis, coffee shops, food trucks, and institutional cafeterias.”

Violators will be subject to a $250 fine.

Businesses can opt for straws and utensils made from more environmentally friendly materials such as paper, steel and bamboo. Still, the city suggests that businesses provide those only upon request.

“It’s taking a stand on plastic pollution,” Kate Melges of environmental organization Greenpeace told CNN affiliate KIRO. “And really taking a stand on what needs to happen, a ban on all single-use plastic products.”

So, wait, you can only get regular utensils upon request at the places that would typically use plastics? How many trees will be killed to make paper straws and utensils? Did they think of that?

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7 Responses to “We’re Saved: Seattle Bans Plastic Straws And Utensils”

  1. Jeffery says:

    Besides name calling, how would you solve the plastic pollution problem?

    We add 8 million tons a year to the oceans… mostly from China and a few other south Asia nations.

    • drowningpuppies says:

      But, little maxine, you just posted we could call you anything… did ya’ forget?

    • formwiz says:

      How’s ’bout tariffs and stuff, huh?

      Most of it coming out of Asia comes from the Indus, with the Yellow a somewhat distant second.

      Most out of Africa is from the Nile with the Niger second.

      Inja and Egypt.

  2. JL says:

    Iowahawk’s response-“feel free to drop your feces and used needles on the sidewalk, though.”

  3. Professor Hale says:

    Like you, and almost everyone else in America, I abhor litter. Plastic is just one part of that. Do you know who doesn’t abhor litter? Everyone from the third world. Everyone. China and Asia, Mexico, Guatemala, etc just don’t care. They never had the crying Indian commercial growing up. Hiking and “leave no trace” philosophy are for rich white people who have leisure time and choose to spend it outdoors. Pointless anti-straw legislation is just another knee jerk response by rich white activists to trim something that was never a problem so that they can feel smug about moral superiority. Drinking straws. Whoop-dee-Freaking-doo.

    America is getting dirtier every year because our immigrants from the third world throw trash from their car windows.

    Do you know who else doesn’t care about litter? Rich white liberals in cities that support homeless people as if they were endangered species. Homeless defecate in the open. Drop hazardous wastes (used drug needles) and their other trash just wherever they happen to be. The same city government that passed a ban on drinking straws that will have no effect on pollution anywhere, won’t lift a finger to stop homeless people from pooping on business doorsteps.

  4. captainfish says:

    “steel” straws?
    Yeah, that won’t lead to costly increases in food prices.

    mmmmm.. sipping that soda through paper. Yeah, that won’t be a bad idea.

    idiocy and back-patting on parade. But once again, Seattle shows it hates its own people and its businesses.

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