Just weeks after cities and towns across the country instituted new bans on drinking straws and coffee stirrers, liberal politicians are setting their sights on the next major plastic polluter: inflatable balloons.
According to the Associated Press, left-leaning lawmakers and climate change advocates are hoping to crackdown on the prevalence of plastic balloons at birthday parties, store openings, and other events featuring the potential pollutants.
“The joyous celebration of releasing balloons into the air has long bothered environmentalists, who say the pieces that fall back to earth can be deadly to seabirds and turtles that eat them. So as companies vow to banish plastic straws, there are signs balloons will be among the products to get more scrutiny, even though they’re a very small part of environmental pollution,” writes the AP
“There are all kinds of alternatives to balloons, a lot of ways to express yourself,” added one activist.
The all-out opposition comes days after liberal towns across California -such as Santa Barbara- imposed stiff fines and even possible jail sentences for stores and businesses who repeatedly violate their anti-straw legislation.
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THE FINAL STRAW: Seattle Bans Plastic Straws, Knives, Forks
Seattle, Washington became the first major city in the United States to issue an all-out ban on plastic straws, forks, and knives over the weekend; barring restaurants and shops from using the utensils to help protect the local environment.
“Starting July 1, restaurants in the Emerald City are now barred from providing customers plastic straws, cocktail picks or utensils unless someone specifically requests one. Then, a customer should be given a compostable option,” writes Fox News.
The ban impacts over 5,000 restaurants and food providers in the region.
“Plastic pollution is surpassing crisis levels in the world’s oceans, and I’m proud Seattle is leading the way and setting an example for the nation by enacting a plastic straw ban,” said Mami Hara, the general manager of Seattle Public Utilities.
According to recent statistics published by the National Park Service, Americans use an estimated 500 million straws per day.
LIBERAL PRIORITIES: California City Imposes JAIL TIME for Defying Plastic Straw Ban
Santa Barbara, California has become the first city in the United States to impose a possible jail sentence for those defying the municipality’s plastic straw ban; giving the green light to fine and imprison repeated offenders.
“According to the ordinance, violators on their first offense will be given a written warning notice. But the second time a purveyor of plastic straws defies the ban is when the heavy hand of the law could clamp down,” writes Fox News.
The new code could place a $1,000 fine on first offenders and up to six months in prison for those who refuse to comply with the ordinance.
In contrast, Seattle -the first American city to implement such a policy- only fines businesses $250 per offense.
The strict policy comes as Starbucks -one of the nation’s largest coffee chains- unveiled its plan to phase-out the plastic straws from all of its locations over the next two years citing environmental concerns.
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