However, the City says it won't actually punish anyone that severely if they break the rule.
The first violation of the straw ban draws a warning. Should San Francisco Mayor London Breed sign off on the measure, the plastic straw ban will take effect beginning July 1, 2019.
However, some parts of the United States of America have decided that simply putting new rules and laws in place won't be enough, as people will need a proper deterrent from going back to using plastic straws. As reported by Quartz, those banning plastic bendy straws are not taking physically disabled people into account as many need those straws daily to be able to drink as they can't always use cups in the proper fashion or at all.
Those who violate the plastic straw ban in Santa Barbara, Calif., could reportedly face jail time.
To justify the ban, the ordinance cites Santa Barbara's "clean and healthy environment", the burden on landfills and the potential danger to both "local wildlife habitat" and the "marine environment".More news: Manchester United defeat AC Milan after 26 penalties
Here's what you should know about plastic straw bans in California.
The ban will eliminate more than 175 million straws and 13 million stirrers annually. The same goes for all the juices, soft drinks and other beverages contained in plastic that they continue to consume - not to mention scores of other plastic products they purchase across industries.
Americans use almost 500 million plastic straws every day. We are de facto excluded from any food establishment in Santa Barbara.... Unfortunately, more cities - San Francisco being the latest - seem determined to follow suit.
FYI: They're less temperature sensitive, so better for people with easily irritated teeth, but may be more susceptible to getting mold so you'll want to make sure to clean them often in the dishwasher or with a straw brush, and allow them to dry properly.
According to ABC, the company will also be making significant environmentally friendly changes to its cruises and hotels.