The Final Straw

Styrofoam, takeout containers, and plastic straws—5,000 in just one half-kilometer stretch—clutter Mumbai’s Versova Beach. But Maharashtra state’s ban on plastics could help change that, NPR’s Goats and Soda reported.
An anti-garbage activist noted that it’s not just an eyesore, but a public health issue too. She pointed to a massive Mumbai dump that sometimes catches fire, releasing carcinogens.
India hopes to extend the ban—one of the most extensive in India and beyond—nationwide by 2022.
Steps to curb plastic pollution are growing beyond India as well, and from corporations as well as governments. CNN reported yesterday that Starbucks will phase out plastic straws from all of its stores globally by 2020. Adidas is also taking a stand, highlighting plastic pollution in a stunning film featuring German diver Anna Bader taking a dramatic dive off a cliff. AdAge

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