Bartenders Facing Paper Straw Shortage After Plastic Straw Ban

Plastic straws are slowly making their way out of California, companies like Ikea and Seaworld have already announced plans to ban the use of single use plastic straws and cities like Berkeley, Oakland, and San Francisco are working to ban them entirely. 

While the environment breathes a sigh of relief from the pesky little plastic, bars and restaurants are experiencing a shortage of paper straws as they serve as the alternative. Some bars in the Bay Area are even considering switching back to plastic despite the moral dilemma. 

Aardvark, the Fort Wayne, Ind., manufacturer that is Bay Area bartenders’ preferred purveyor of paper straws, has seen a 5,000 percent increase in sales and demand in the past two years and is experiencing delays in fulfilling orders.

Read the full story on the San Francisco Chronicle

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