Seattle bans straws


Straws
Five hundred million straws are used everyday in the US (Jeff G/flickr)

Eden DeWald | July 4th, 2018

Seattle is making a move to reduce single use plastics, by banning straws and any single use plastic utensils from restaurants and all other dining venues. Straws that are reusable or can be composted are still allowed, but the ordinance has a strong preference towards not providing any straws.  

Five hundred million plastic straws are used everyday in the United States. Because they are so lightweight, used straws find their way into the ocean quite easily. Once in the ocean, straws wreak havoc on marine life and seabirds. Approximately 70 percent of seabirds and around one third of turtles found have ingested, or gotten some kind of plastic superficially stuck on their body. There are around fourteen cities in the US that currently have straw bans, but Seattle is the largest city so far to place a ban on straws. However, New York City and the state of California have also gained momentum towards banning single use plastic utensils. 

The city of Seattle has made many other steps towards their mitigating impact on the surrounding ecosystem, including its efforts to help the salmon population. The Salmon in the Schools program allowed schoolchildren to hatch salmon and release them into, providing important environmental education to school children as well as helping to bolster the salmon populations numbers. 

 

Iowa company supplying biodiesel to power Super Bowl generators


Photo by Anthony Quintano; Flickr

Renewable Energy Group will provide as much as 15,000 gallons of biodiesel blends at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., during the Super Bowl. It also will supply biodiesel for more than 18 generators along Super Bowl Boulevard in New York City leading up to the game

The National Football League environmental program director, Jack Groh, says that this is one of the many steps the NFL is taking to make Super Bowl greener. 

To learn more, head over to The Gazette.