Food and hospitality sector businesses are among the entities worldwide addressing the crisis in plastic pollution, many of them by announcing bans on plastic drinking straws, bags and utensils. In late May, food service management company Bon Appetit announced it will ban plastic straws and stirrers at the more than 1,000 food service locations it manages across the US. On June 7, Royal Caribbean Cruises said its fleet of 50 ships, under several brands, "will ring in 2019 free of plastic straws." In recent weeks, both retail giants and local mom-and-pop businesses are making similar moves away from single-use plastics. These actions accompany broader legislative changes being put in place in many jurisdictions – a ban on plastic straws and eating utensils in restaurants becomes effective in Seattle on July 1, and the UK intends to ban all sales of single-use plastics as early as 2019. The battle against plastic straws, however, is not without critics. "Straws make up a trifling percentage of the world's plastic products," an article in Bloomberg noted on June 7, "and campaigns to eliminate them will not only be ineffective, but could distract from far more useful efforts." It cited a recent study that found 46 percent of the plastic junk in the notorious Great Pacific Garbage Patch is abandoned fishing nets, and a large chunk of the remainder is other plastic fishing gear. On June 10, the Chicago Tribune reported about Best Diamond Plastics, a 10-year-old, minority-owned Chicago manufacturer whose primary business is supplying drinking straws to major restaurant chains. Looking to the future, Best Diamond is working with scientists to develop an additive that makes plastic biodegradable. Meanwhile, it has yet to lose any business, but, said company president Mark Tolliver, "It would be a very negative situation for our company if the large quick-service restaurants decided they were no longer going to use plastic straws.