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by Kevin Coupe

What do Malibu, Davis and San Luis Obispo, California, have in common with Seattle, Miami beach, and Fort Myers, Florida?

Don’t feel bad if you don’t know the answer. I had no idea.

According to a story in the New York Times, they all are cities “that have banned or limited the use of plastic straws in restaurants. Straws, routinely placed in glasses of water or soda, represent a small percentage of the plastic that’s produced and consumed but often end up on beaches and in oceans.

“Advocates said laws aimed at cutting back on the use of plastic straws can help spur more significant behavioral changes.”

Now, I have no idea if this really is a big deal. Plastic straws seem like such a small thing, how could they make any difference? On the other hand, a lot of plastic straws do add up, and I’m guessing that many of them may not be recycled. They just go in the trash.

Regardless, this is an Eye-Opening story, if only because it shows us how deep into the weeds activists go. Whether we agree with them or not, we need to think about this stuff.

Because it matters to some folks. Maybe a lot of people. And so maybe it needs to matter to business.
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