These Dreamy Beach Destinations Are Getting Rid of Plastics, and That’s Why We Love Them All the More
East San Francisco Bay Area, CA
While eco-minded San Francisco surprisingly hasn’t yet banned plastic straws (though there's currently proposed legislation to do so), these other East Bay Area cities have: Alameda, Berkeley, Oakland, and Richmond.
Manhattan Beach, CA
In April, Manhattan Beach’s City Council voted in favor of a law banning plastics straws, utensils, and stirrers from bars and restaurants. This hub for nature enthusiasts and cycling aficionados also passed one of the first citywide bans on plastic bags in 2008.
San Luis Obispo, CA
Thanks to two city ordinances that went into effect on March 1, restaurants and bars in this must-stop road trip destination can only provide single-use plastic straws by customer request, and city events like the local farmers market and concerts at the Plaza can no longer offer plastic bottles or cups.
Fort Myers Beach, FL
Miami Beach, FL
In order to cut back on the number of plastic straws dotting the city’s otherwise pristine sand, Miami Beach commissioners banned them from the beach by amending an already existing litter ordinance. Hotels along Miami’s coastline can now be fined up to $500 for providing single-use straws to guests.
Hilton Waikoloa Village, HI
Monmouth Beach, NJ
Situated along the iconic Jersey Shore, Monmouth Beach is keeping its coastline clean with the ban of single-use plastic bags, straws, and food containers. The ordinance took effect on June 1 and also prohibits restaurants and other vendors from providing to-go Styrofoam containers. Violators of the new law face up to $2,400 in fines.
Seattle recently became the first major U.S. city to ban plastic straws. As of July 1, restaurants can no longer provide customers with any plastic ware, including the aforementioned straws, as well as utensils and cocktail picks. The neighboring town of Edmonds has also banned plastic straws.