National Geographic reports on a growing trend: Hotels, resorts, safaris, and cruises are increasingly banning plastic straws. In the United States, we dispose of millions of plastic straws each day. In the U.K., at least 4.4 billion straws are estimated to be thrown away annually. So it is encouraging to see companies beginning to assume their share of responsibility for this growing plastic problem, and implementing bans of straws on their properties. READ THE FULL STORY HERE>

McDonald’s could take a cue from their actions, as news broke this week that shareholders turned aside a proposal to take the first step toward a ban on plastic straws. A shareholder proposal backed by a consumer group received only 7.65% of the vote at the company’s annual meeting. The measure would have required McDonald’s to prepare a report to shareholders about the business risks of using plastic straws.

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