via Imgflip Meme Generator Page 80 of the I have the power thread. It's a restaurant ban, I'm pretty sure private citizens in California can still buy plastic straws. As to the why, it's because a video of a veterinarian pulling a bloody plastic straw out of a sick sea turtle's nose went viral. I like sea turtles, and plastic pollution in the ocean is a huge problem, but plastic straws make up less than 1% of 1% of the plastic trash in the ocean. Pieces of damaged fishing nets is a large percentage of ocean plastic, but you cannot really ban plastic fishing nets without costing the fishing industries a lubricious amount of money. A ban on plastic fishing nets in United States coastal waters would be hard to enforce. Such a ban would be impossible in international waters. At age sixteen, Dutch high school student Boyan Slat created a science project for a cost effective way to clean up plastic in the ocean. Now the Ocean Cleanup Project believes they can clean up 90% of the plastic in the ocean in a few decades using a variation of his design. At sixteen, Boyan Slat has done more good than most people could accomplish in a 1000 lifetimes. But which teenager became Time Magazine's Person of the Year, a girl who became a meme. How dare you Time Magazine!