Seattle became the largest U.S. city to ban plastic straws. They’re not alone. Starbucks plans to phase out plastic straws by 2020. McDonald’s recently announced it will ban plastic straws at its U.K. and Ireland restaurants.
Most bio-based plastics available on the market are actually a combination of plant or animal organic matter AND fossil fuels. Manufacturers often mix plastic resins with organic material – with the percentage of fossil fuels around 20% for PET plastics used in packaging much- without having to declare the oil content in their products.