Pass SB 1866: Plastic Straw and Stirrer Ban of 2018

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Several recent reports have identified the Philippines as one of the world's top contributors of ocean plastic garbage. A lot of this is single-use plastics like plastic drinking straws and stirrers which we use only a few minutes but stay in our environment for a long time. These plastics choke and entangle sea birds and sea life like our butanding, clog our canals causing flooding, degrade into toxic chemicals which may cause cancer and destroy our coral reefs.

Let's start being the solution instead of the problem. It's easy to just sip our drinks or else bring a reusable straw or use a teaspoon to stir. But we forget and restaurants feel obliged to provide us with plastic straws or stirrers. We need concrete laws to make the changes permanent. Tell our senators that we want laws that lessen the use of single-use plastics. Tell them to pass the Plastic Straw and Stirrer Ban of 2018 Bill (SB 1866) which seeks to prohibit restaurants and similar public establishments from providing plastic straws and stirrers except when needed by people with certain disabilities or medical conditions.

Sources:

1. https://oceanconservancy.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/full-report-stemming-the.pdf

2. http://wwf.panda.org/knowledge_hub/where_we_work/coraltriangle/news/?329831/The-scourge-of-single-use-plastic-in-the-Philippines

3. Senate Bill 1866 ( 17th Congress). AN ACT PROHIBITING THE USE OF PLASTIC STRAWS AND STIRRERS IN RESTAURANTS AND OTHER ESTABLISHMENTS, AND PROVIDING PENALTIES FOR VIOLATIONS THEREOF



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