Straw Resolution 2018

SINGLE USE STRAW RESOLUTION

On May 30th, 2018, the City of Santa Fe City Council passed a resolution supporting the reduction of single use straws in Santa Fe.  The resolution encourages alternatives to plastic straws, particularly for businesses. Plastic straws present a number of problems, including:

  • Plastic straws are not recyclable, compostable, or biodegradable, but instead degrade into smaller pieces that can be ingested by animals and contaminate our food and water supply when not handled correctly
  • Better Alternatives Now , or BAN, collective research estimates that straws and stirrers make up 7.5% of plastics found in the environment
  • Alternatives to plastic straws exist, are affordable, and much more environmentally friendly

While straws might seem like a small issue to some, reducing straw use and replacing plastic straws with an alternative material is an easy and effective way to start making more environmentally friendly choices regarding all single-use plastics.

Tips for More Environmentally Friendly Straw Use:

If you need a straw for a single use, go with ones that easily biodegrade, like paper, bamboo, or even pasta straws. These are great options for restaurants.

If you need a straw to re-use overtime, purchase a more durable straw made of metal or glass. The strawless movement across the US has encouraged many innovative straw designs that are easy to stow and clean.

See Santa Fe’s straw resolution here: https://legistarweb-production.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/attachment/pdf/193797/Item_10kk.pdf

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