Seattle’s Plastics Ban Makes Sense [OPINION]
Save that plastic spork. It could become a collectible.
Seattle, the city that gave us that head tax (now repealed) on employees in the workplace and the $15 minimum wage, has now banned plastic straws and utensils in an effort to save the planet. Restaurants can no longer issue plastic unless someone asks for it, and then they must offer a recyclable or compostable option.
Believe it or not, I actually think that this is a good idea.
Seatle has been working hard to remove plastics and other harmful disposables such as styrofoam from the waste cycle for several years now, and other cities should take notice.
Just take a look at how much waste your own house generates in a day. How much of it is biodegradable and how much is not? Single-use plastic containers and other products are convenient, but with the recyclable markets dwindling, it becomes more difficult and costly to dispose of such waste.
Years ago, we ate our Hoodsie Cups with wooden spoons and drank our milk from glass bottles. The wood breaks down in the environment, and the bottles were washed and reused. That creates jobs.
Hugging trees is for the birds, but keeping our oceans and streams free of nasty plastics makes the world a happier and healthier place. Prettier, too.
Cheers to Seattle. You got this one right.