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St. Louis Park implements new amendment

Costumer at SLP Nutrition chooses to use a straw for her drink. SLP Nutrition offers self-service straw dispensers as a way to comply with the city's Zero-Waste Packaging Ordinance.

Molly Schochet

January 31, 2020

The straw by request amendment was an addition made to the Zero-Waste Packaging Ordinance, according to St. Louis Park solid waste specialist Emily Barker. “We amended our Zero-Waste Packaging Ordinance. We made some other changes but specifically straws had previously not been included and were...

Straws by request will create environmental impact

Art by Sophie Livingston. In an attempt to reduce straw waste and help the environment, the straws by request amendment was added to the Zero Waste Packaging Ordinance. The straws by request amendment went into effect Jan. 1.

January 17, 2020

In an attempt to reduce the amount of plastic used by consumers in St. Louis Park, the straws by request amendment was added to the Zero Waste Packaging Ordinance, which went into effect Jan. 1. Under this amendment, food establishment personnel are required to wait for a customer to request a straw rathe...

New ordinance alters straw accessibility

A Starbucks barista prepares a drink by grabbing a straw to hand to a customer Dec. 19. Starbucks and other gourmet drink establishments are implementing new environmentally friendly straw-free lids.

Sam Swisher

January 15, 2020

After the city’s new straw ordinance went into effect Jan. 1, the city’s solid waste manager Kala Fisher said the ordinance was put in place to reduce the number of straws used in St. Louis Park. “(The ordinance) would both reduce the amount of straws that people have to throw away and it would...

Starbucks ban on straws does little for environment

Starbucks ban on straws does little for environment

Abby IntVeld

September 8, 2018

A national distaste for plastic straws arose in June of 2018 due to National Geographic’s declaration of the dangerous repercussions of straws on the environment. The Seattle-based coffee chain reacted to this outrage by following their hometown’s ban on straws. Starbucks officially announced...

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