Stop the production of straws

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I moved to Colorado from Florida. Most people, not near the ocean, do not realize the effects they have on it. Eliminating the use of plastic straws is a small step we can take as a society to reduce plastic waste that goes into landfills that ends up in the oceans. If we start by eliminating something non-essential like that, then we can tackle bigger things like plastic forks, knives, bags. We can petition the manufacturers of these products to make re-useable or compost-able products instead. If other countries can do it, why can't the US? We are supposed to be world leaders. Some cities are already doing this, let's implement it on a nation-wide scale.