American Airlines will do away with plastic straws in its lounges and on aircraft.

The carrier will start first at lounges, where this month it will eliminate plastic straws in favor of biodegradable straws and wood stir sticks. 

American will make the switch on planes in November, exchanging the plastic straw/stir sticks it uses for a stir stick made from bamboo.

American's move echoes a similar switch away from plastic straws that Alaska Airlines will begin implementing next week. 

Plastic straws have become a popular target of environmental advocates concerned about ocean plastic pollution. Cities and corporations have begun latching onto the campaign, including Starbucks, which announced on Monday that it will phase out plastic straws.


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