Plastic straws, considered harmful to the environment, are falling out of favor at venues. (Getty Images)

The desire to keep oceans cleaner has helped produce a sudden tidal wave of sentiment against plastic straws in the last few months, as venue operators, concessionaires and localities have decided to offer alternatives and in some cases ban their use.

This August alone, concessionaire Aramark, House of Blues and BSE Global, which operates Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., and Lon...

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