An effort to ban plastic straws is sweeping the nation, and Portland is one of the latest cities to consider eliminating them. Last week, the city council voted to study ways in which the city can reduce use of non-recyclable plastics, specifically straws, and directed its Planning and Sustainability Bureau to present a plan by October 1st. Charlie Plybon is the Oregon policy manager with the environmental group Surfrider Foundation…

Plybon says they tend to attract toxins, making them even more dangerous to the creatures that eat them.