Like the plastic bag, the straw is swiftly becoming a symbol for the toxic and persistent scourge of single-use plastic, and an everyday item that can be eliminated to reduce its use. Organizations such as the Surfrider Foundation, the Plastic Pollution Coalition, and the Ocean Conservancy are all campaigning to get concerned citizens—and the restaurants that serve them—to skip plastic straws entirely.

Some companies and municipalities are taking note. On Monday (May 21), Alaska Airlines announced it would replace plastic stir straws and citrus picks with “sustainable, marine-friendly alternatives” on all its flights and in lounges. (Fun fact: This change came after the urging of a 16-year-old Girl Scout named Shelby O’Neil.) A day later, New York City councilman Rafael L. Espinal Jr. introduced a bill to outlaw plastic straws in the city’s restaurants.

“It’s important for New Yorkers to understand that the plastic straw is not a necessity; it’s more of a luxury, and our luxury is causing great harm to other environments,” Espinal told the New York Times (paywall). “Plastic isn’t the only type of straw available. There are paper straws, aluminum straws, and bamboo straws that are much safer for our environment, to name just a few.” (There really are an abundance of straw options. This reusable stainless steel set even comes with cleaning brushes!)

At Starbucks, change is coming slowly, and city by city. In July, the company’s hometown of Seattle will enact a ban on plastic straws. And as of June 1, Starbucks’ Malibu Country Mart location (in one of the toniest strip malls in America) will will have to comply with a citywide ban on restaurants offering plastic straws or utensils. A Malibu Starbucks employee told Quartz that he expected alternative straws to arrive at the store next week.

“I have no idea what the style [of the straws] is,” he said. “Or if it’s something that’s going to be strictly for Starbucks.”

Fortunately, the cause has its own celebrity champion. In March, actor and environmentalist Adrian Grenier addressed Starbucks shareholders about the company’s environmental policies. He also launched a Twitter campaign directed at the company: #stopsucking.

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