Did you know that plastic straws can take from 150 to 400 years to decompose? Or that, in Buenos Aires shopping malls alone, over 2 million plastic straws are consumed every month? Or how about the fact that if you were to put all discarded straws in Buenos Aires in a row, they would cover close to 465 kilometers? Staggering numbers, huh? Well, fortunately, the city of Buenos Aires is doing something about it.
The first step is being taken today, as it’s been published in the Official Bulletin that plastic straws may no longer be offered to customers or be placed in plain sight for them to see. This still leaves room for clients to actually ask for the little plastic-devil-made tubes which is why, six months from now, plastic straws will be banned altogether. I think I speak for all The Bubble community when I say:
The resolution, signed by the Minister of Environment and Public Spaces, Eduardo Macchiavelli, contemplates four-and five-star hotels, shopping malls, galleries, and open-air shopping centers that have a concurrence of more than 300 people. Straws will also be prohibited at dance venues and shops where snacks, meals and/or beverages are served and/or dispensed, and shops that produce and/or sell beverages. The resolution, however, does not cover those containers of juices and milk that are accompanied by small straws; they are considered items produced at the national level, and the city cannot interfere in the regulation of that. But be warned little juice boxes: we’re coming for you eventually.
This effort follows other Argentine cities that have already banned the sometimes colorful-plastic-hell raisers including Pinamar, Villa Gesell, Mar del Plata, Mar Chiquita, and Ushuaia as well as international venues such as California, Florida, and New York in the United States, Río de Janeiro in Brazil, and Vancouver, Canada. We leave you now with a video from the nice people over at Tech Insider appropriately titled Why Do Straws Suck?