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Initiative at NC State aims for a strawless campus, community

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) - An initiative at N.C. State University aims to eliminate the use of single-use straws on campus and the surrounding community.  

The #gostrawless initiative joins a growing movement to end the use of straws.

On Monday, Starbucks announced it will eliminate plastic straws from all of its locations by 2020.

Last week, Seattle became what is believed to be the first major U.S. city to ban single-use plastic straws and utensils in food service, according to Seattle Public Utilities. Proposals to ban plastic straws are being considered in other cities, including New York and San Francisco.

N.C. State is encouraging the Wolfpack community to stop using straws not only on campus but in their personal lives as well.

Ecocycle.org says Americans use 500 million straw each day and those straws do not break down.

N.C. State student Amanda Goelz admits she loves having her drinks with a straw.

"Too much probably," she said.

She is one of many around the country using more than 500 million straws a day.

"A straw is kind of like a convenience," N.C. State student Dani Coan said.

Single-use straws also cannot be recycled as they often are too small for screeners and wind up in landfills.

N.C. State estimates new composable products could reduce landfill waste in the student union by up to 15 percent.


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