With straws on the way out, Orlando-area restaurants look to ditch other plastics

Jennifer Gossen likes the idea of giving up plastic straws to help the environment until she thinks about drinking out of dirty glasses at restaurants or what her children are going to do.

“Kids need straws,” said the Orlando mom. “Any parent and anyone who has waited on tables understands that.”

She may have to find an alternative soon.

Restaurant operators, hotels and theme parks in Central Florida are admitting the plastic straw is on the way out— and soon other conveniences will be under attack, too. Many are looking ahead at disposable silverware and single-use plastic bags as the next marked for elimination.