AB 1884 – Straws Upon Request

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By Shelby O’Neil
Originally published on Jr. Ocean Guardians
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Yesterday, September 20th, California became a greener state. Governor Jerry Brown signed AB 1884 bill, sponsored by California Majority Assembly Leader Ian Calderon, which reduces single-use plastic straws at dine-in restaurants beginning January 1, 2019, in California.

There are cities throughout California and the United States that are already doing their part by banning the use of plastic straws and single-use plastic utensils and the list continues to grow. What AB 1884 does for California is that it takes single-use plastic straw awareness to the entire state making California the first state to restrict the use of single-use plastics straws.

“It is a very small step to make a customer who wants a plastic straw ask for it,” Brown said in his signing message for AB 1884. “And it might make them pause and think again about an alternative. But one thing is clear, we must find ways to reduce and eventually eliminate single-use plastic products.”

Governor Brown stated that the plastic waste problem is not limited to marine life as “microplastics were recently found in tap water around the world. Plastics, in all forms — straws, bottles, packaging, bags, etc. — are choking our planet.”

On April 23, 2018, I was asked by Assembly Majority Leader Ian Calderon to provide witness testimony in support of AB 1884 to the CA Assembly Natural Resources Committee. I’m extremely honored to have played a small role in AB 1884’s journey to become a law, thank you Assembly Leader Calderon for the opportunity to lend my voice to this historic victory for Mother Nature. You can read my testimony below to the Natural Resources Committee.

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