San Francisco is the latest city to make the move towards banning the plastic straw. The Associated Press reports that on July 24, the city’s Board of Supervisors unanimously passed an ordinance that could forbid restaurants, bars, and food retailers from providing straws customers — unless they’re not made out of plastic. Should San Francisco Mayor London Breed sign off on the measure, the plastic straw ban will take effect beginning July 1, 2019.
According to the San Francisco Chronicle, the ordinance will also end the offering of plastic stirrers and toothpicks and the sale of single-use food service products made with fluorinated chemicals. Restaurants will be allowed to make condiment packets and napkins available only upon request or at self-service stations.