Chicago restaurant group bans plastic straws

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CHICAGO — With half a billion plastic straws used and discarded by Americans every day — enough to wrap around the Earth 2½ times or fill 127 school buses — there’s an undeniable impact on the planet and its ecosystems.

And DMK Restaurants has had enough.

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As of June 26, the Chicago-based chain has nixed straws from all 14 of its locations, including five DMK Burger Bars in Chicago and the suburbs.

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