The next plastic piece of convenience on the chopping block are drinking straws, as the city of Berkeley decides whether to create an ordinance banning the environmentally unfriendly item. Drawn up by three City Council members, the city would seek to ban plastic drinking straws from its restaurants and coffee shops. On Tuesday, the council met to explore the idea of a ban, as KPIX reports.
“We do need to change our habits,” said the council’s Sophie Hahn, one of the three who penned the information report about the possible legislation. “The habits we have are destroying our planet.” Hahn also suggested that the additional cost associated with alternative biodegradable straws (which cost up to eight times more than the 1-cent plastic straws) be passed onto the consumer. READ MORE