Didn't get a plastic straw the last time you got a drink from a restaurant?  That's because under Oregon law, you have to ask for one in order to get one. 

Plastic straws have become cosa non grata in much of the world, blamed for a variety of ills, including ocean pollution. 

The company World Centric offers compostable products to move people away from plastic.


The viral video of a sea turtle with a plastic straw stuck in its nose may have convinced quite a few people to stop using so much plastic.  It can be difficult, since so many consumer items are either made of plastic or packaged in it, often both. 

But scientists fear that plastic may outweigh fish in the oceans by the middle of the century.  Will McCallum, the Head of Oceans for Greenpeace UK, doesn't want to see that happen.  So he wrote a book called How to Give Up Plastic: A Guide to Changing the World, One Plastic Bottle at a Time

It truly is a step-by-step, room-by-room guide for going through your house and figuring out how to replace plastic with other substances. 

A Push To Recycle (More) Plastic

Sep 23, 2013
European Parliament

A few minutes on the lips, and then… where?

Where does that plastic bottle go when you're done with it?  Often to a landfill, even in a recycling-heavy state like Oregon.