Thanks for the question Elaine - I wish I knew! We didn't grow up with straws so I don't use them when I eat out. One theory is that people eat in their cars more often now, but that still doesn't explain why so many straws are used in restaurants. I've added a link to the documentary "Straws" which has inspired many folks to change their behavior and "Skip The Straw" .
Thanks Jeremie. Although I'm excited that AB 1884 would provide straws only on request, it's disappointing that they can still be PLASTIC straws! I would have loved to see an initiative similar to Carmel's, which requires that disposable food serviceware provided by restaurants be made of compostable or recyclable materials. Kaye Toland's project is inspirational - thanks for sharing.
Hi Jeremie, thanks for the feedback. I've added some data and a video but this is basically a simple idea that doesn't require any major refurbishments or special equipment. It's a change in behavior, much like the plastic bag ban. Businesses can buy paper straws for their customers, and for individuals who would like a reusable straw for home use, there are many options https://thelastplasticstraw.org/resources/ Sunnyvale could do educational outreach with samples from different suppliers so that businesses and residents can choose what works best for them.