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April 30, 2018, San Francisco, California – Sister Mary Ellen Leciejewski, OP, Vice President of Corporate Responsibility for Dignity Health, sees great environmental benefits from the health system’s recent policy of removing plastic straws and stirrers from its hospital cafeterias. Patrons in the cafeterias appreciate the ecological benefits – such as decreasing the amount of plastics in the landfill and keeping marine animals safer. The new policy is expected to prevent the use of 4 million plastic straws per year Read the Catholic Health World article by Julie Minda.
A related article on Sister Mary Ellen and Dignity Health’s reduction of plastic straw use can be found in a recent article in The National Catholic Reporter. Scroll down about two-thirds of the way to find the portion of the article focusing on Sister Mary Ellen.