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Tucson businesses among companies banning straws

Posted: 11:57 AM, Jul 18, 2018
Updated: 2018-07-18 20:17:53-04

As many companies continue to ban the use of straws - many in Tucson are following in their footsteps. 

The straw ban movement began after where researchers are seen pulling a straw out of a sea turtles nose on a 2015 viral video.

First it was Starbucks dropping plastic straws and then hotel giant, the Marriott followed.

Iconic  Hotel Congress  in Downtown Tucson says they have done away with straws. In fact, they only give a plastic straw upon request. 

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"A lot of that (plastic straws) does end up in the ocean, unfortunately and that was the motivation we needed to stop serving straws," said Rita Boutwell, Director of Training and Development for Hotel Congress.

While Congress receives a mix of negative and positive feedback from guests. Some guests are understanding while others mistake it for bad service. 



Other businesses like Food Conspiracy Co-op on Fourth Avenue say they're transitioning to a more sustainable straw product in the coming months. 

"Once our back stock is out we will move over to a removable paper straw and some other type of straws. Every bit that everyone can make is one less straw," says Waters. 

Saying 'no' to plastic straws is helps fight pollution.

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