• Generation Z appears to be generally supportive of plastic straw bans.
  • Business Insider surveyed over 1,800 Americans between the age of 13 and 21 to find out what they think of restaurants adopting sustainability practices like ditching plastic straws.
  • Nearly 75% of respondents were either neutral on the issue or thought that it was important for businesses to ban plastic straws.
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Editor’s note: Business Insider surveyed 1,884 young Americans about their buying attitudes and beliefs. This is part of a series of stories that will be rolled out over the next several weeks.

Plastic straws have sure been in the news a lot lately.

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