May 20, 2019
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Campus Voices: Fresno State gets rid of plastic for new compostable straws

Fresno State joined a movement in California to do its part in implementing environmentally-conscious practices when it enforced a straw restriction at the Dining Hall beginning in the fall semester of 2018. There are no straws available for students to use there.

In a follow-up on the campus’ progress in switching from plastic straws to compostable straws, these locations have contributed to the movement:

The Bucket, University Student Union’s lower level food court and Taco Bell all use the same brand of a compostable straw made from renewable resources by the brand Karat Earth.

At the Starbucks located in the Henry Madden Library, there are also compostable straws available for use made by a different brand. They also provide nitro lids, which are plasticlike and make it easier for consumers to drink out of their cups because of the way the lid is shaped.

These nitro lids are meant to be replacements for using a straw, and Starbucks locations across the nation have incorporated these recyclable lids with certain drinks.

Fresno State students were asked on Tuesday, April 9 about their opinions on switching from plastic straws to compostable paper and plasticlike straws instead. The eatery locations on campus, except for the Dining Hall, have all implemented compostable straws for everyone to use. Find out what they said below and keep an eye out for Collegian reporters looking for students to ask the next question soon.

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