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• Add IKEA, SeaWorld and Royal Caribbean to the list of entities banning the use of plastic straws and bags.

The Washington Post writes that “the companies are now linked to a host of businesses, governments and others across the world that have joined an effort to dramatically reduce the 8 million metric tons of plastic that pollute oceans each year - ‘one garbage truck into the ocean every minute,’ according to a 2016 report released by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation. The corporate activism is evidence that a fledgling movement to ban plastic straws, which sprang from outrage over plastic’s impact on the environment and animals, continues to stir.” These three companies made their decision “less than two weeks after a pilot whale died off Thailand with 80 plastic bags in its stomach.”

The story goes on: “On July 1, Seattle will become the largest U.S. city to cut out all plastic straws and eating utensils in restaurants, while the California General Assembly is weighing legislation to ban straws and plastic bags statewide. Across the Atlantic, British Prime Minister Theresa May has announced her government will introduce a ban on the sale of plastic straws, stirrers and plastic-stemmed cotton swabs throughout the United Kingdom. The European Commission also has proposed rules banning 10 single-use plastic products throughout the European Union.”
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