Good News – Not Great News for California Plastic Pollution Advocates
On January 17, 2018, California Assemblyman Ian Calderon (D-57 CA) introduced a bill, AB 1884 that will curb plastic straw consumption in California. This bill will require consumers to request straws before their server provides the plastic amenity. This bill will still allow restaurants to serve straws upon request. Plastic straws are targeted because they are single-use plastics, discarded in large quantities and are rarely essential. Sea Save Foundation rallied behind this critical bill using by raising awareness and leveraging a tool connecting voters to their representatives.
Historically, successful efforts have started with a single, small step forward. The fight against single-use plastics is not over by far, but this is a step in the right direction.
– Georgienne Bradley and Stephanie Rice