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From now on, you'll have to ask for a plastic straw at First Avenue

First Avenue is joining the anti-plastic straw revolution.

What's happening?

Minneapolis' First Avenue will no longer automatically be giving out plastic straws with drinks.

The famous music venue made the announcement on Thursday, saying customers will still be allowed to request a straw if they want one.

Why is it doing this?

It's joining a growing revolution among restaurants and bars across the world that is eschewing plastic straws as more concerns are raised about their impact on the environment.

That's because many of the 500 million single-use plastic straws used in the U.S. every day often end up in the ocean or landfill, and because they're made of plastic, they're going to stay there for hundreds of years.

The anti-straw revolution is being led by organizations such as The Last Plastic Straw, which calls the use of the straws "absurd" and is calling on food and drink establishments to make a change.

Said changes can either be only providing a straw when requested – as First Avenue is doing – or by replacing them with compostable or reusable straws.

Otherwise, they could get rid of straws completely.

First Avenue posted a link to this Facebook video showing how 150 restaurants and bars in Seattle banned plastic straws, and found customers didn't really miss them.

A wider ban against single-use straws comes into force in Seattle this July, WDJB 7 reports.

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