Ghostlight Coffee in Dayton joins anti-plastic straw movement

Ghostlight Coffee in Dayton has joined a growing trend to make the environmentally friendly move to get rid of plastic straws.

The business now sells reusable stainless steel straws, owner Shane Anderson told WHIO-TV's Rachel Murray on Wednesday. He said he wants to help change by making his coffee shop a no-waste zone and that the reusable straws have made an impact.

The cities of Seattle and San Francisco, several restaurants and bars in Indianapolis and the Starbucks chain are among those across the nation to have made the move to no longer use plastic straws.

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According to the Plastic Pollution Coalition, an estimated 500 million plastic straws are used daily in the United States.

Anderson said he's also making the switch to compostible lids and cups at the business on Wayne Avenue.

"We are hoping to get to 90 percent by the end of the year," he said.

Anderson said he estimates the switch in straws, cups and lids will keep nearly 100,000 items out of landfills annually.

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