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Purdue Ft. Wayne Campus Switching To Paper Straws

Paper straw

(Steve Burns, WFIU/WTIU News)

Purdue University Fort Wayne plans to drop plastic straws in favor of more eco-friendly paper ones in its campus dining facilities.

According to a press release from the university, Aramark, a major soft drink provider on campus, will finalize negotiations for paper drinking straws soon. The new straws will be available at all campus dining locations next week. 

"Sustainability is a high priority for our students, faculty, and staff – and we are always looking to improve," says David Wesse, Vice Chancellor for Financial and Administrative Affairs, in a statement. "This is the next logical step, and we’re pleased that Aramark is such a willing partner and advocate."

Aramark Food Service Director Eric May says the company is excited to partner with the university to offer paper straws.

Fort Wayne is home to Aardvark straws, one of the pioneers of the paper straw movement across the country.

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