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American Airlines to ditch use of plastic straws this year

An American Airlines plane
An American Airlines plane in at a hangar. Photo: Eva Hambach/AFP via Getty Images

American Airlines is replacing its plastic products with eco-friendly bamboo straws as well as wood-based drink stirrers in its lounges this month and its planes later in 2018, per The Hill.

The big picture: The company is eliminating more than 71,000 pounds of plastic annually by making this switch and, in doing that, it joins Starbucks in being one of the largest companies in the world to stop using plastic straws.