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California has passed a law that will ban restaurants from automatically giving out plastic straws in an effort to help protect the environment, particularly the ocean and marine life.
“Plastic has helped advance innovation in our society, but our infatuation with single-use convenience has led to disastrous consequences,” Gov. Jerry Brown of California said in a statement upon signing the bill Thursday. “Ocean plastic is estimated to kill millions of marine animals every year."
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The law, which will go into effect Jan. 1, applies only to full-service, dine-in restaurants, not fast-food establishments or other businesses. It sets a fine of $25 per day for restaurants that violate the rule, with the total not to exceed $300 annually.
Plastic straws are seen in a studio in Paris, Aug. 15, 2018.
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'Plastic has helped advance innovation in our society, but our infatuation with single-use convenience has led to disastrous consequences'
Roughly 835,425 straws were picked up from the state's shoreline between 1988 and 2014, according...
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