STAMFORD — When city representative Bob Lion visited Teena’s Apizza, a new pizza place on Main Street, he was pleasantly surprised to see all the materials with his meal were recyclable — including his straw.

According to Derek Furino, chef and owner of Teena’s Apizza, the restaurant, which opened last month, only uses recyclable products, including totally compostable straws made from plant material.

“We just want to be eco-friendly,” Furino said. “We recycle and we’re trying to be on board with everyone else. I have children and I want them to have a safe environment as well.”

The restaurant also recycles all bottles and cans and doesn’t use any foam. While biodegradable materials are more pricey, Furino said it pays off.

“It’s a little more expensive, but for me it’s worth it,” he said. “I don’t mind spending a little more.”

Plastic straws are the latest item facing scrutiny for their contribution to ocean waste.

Starbucks thrust the plastic straw dilemma into the headlines recently by announcing it would remove the items from its stores by 2020. A Twitter post from Starbucks on Monday claimed the action would eliminate “more than 1 billion plastic straws per year from our stores.”

One day later, American Airlines made a similar announcement. Earlier this year, Hyatt hotels said plastic straws would be available only upon request. McDonald’s is testing alternatives to plastic straws.

On July 1, Seattle banned the use of plastic straws, becoming the first major U.S. city to do so. Other cities, including New York City, are considering similar steps. California lawmakers have introduced a bill that would ban plastic straws statewide.

The movement to eliminate plastic straws has received some pushback from organizations that represent people with disabilities.

According to the website The Last Plastic Straw, backed by the National Park Service, 500 million straws are thrown away each day in the U.S. Many of the straws end up in the ocean or other waterways, hurting wildlife and ecosystems. Plastic straws take up to 400 years to biodegrade, according to the Ocean Conservancy.

In May, Stamford proposed a ban focusing on plastic bags, another enemy of the environment. But Board of Representatives member Jonathan Jacobson (D-12) says a plastic straw ban could be considered in the future.

“As we continue our effort to maximize the environmental integrity of our City, it is hard for me to imagine a scenario in which the Board of Representatives doesn't at least consider similar legislation for plastic straws as well,” Jacobson said.

Lion, a supporter of the plastic bag ban, said as a consumer, he’s pleased to see local restaurants taking more steps to becoming environmentally friendly.

“I think it’s wonderful,” he said. “If I have a choice and there’s one (restaurant) I know to be stepping up to the environmental challenges we face, I’d be more likely to frequent them. As a pizza lover, I’m happy about it too.”

However, the eco-friendly solution is not one size fits all. Some people with disabilities, such as multiple sclerosis or Lou Gehrig’s Disease, rely on plastic straws because they can’t lift their drink. Paper or plant-based straws aren’t always strong enough if someone has a disability which causes them to bite down on the straw.

“Some people with disabilities rely on straws because of the disability,” said Gretchen Knauff, executive director of Disability Rights Connecticut. “When you abandon the straw or go through the paper straw, you’re creating a situation where that person may not have access to whatever beverage they purchase. You’re making your restaurant less accessible. When people with disabilities use a straw, they need something more substantial than a paper straw.”

Knauff said she’s heard of groups working on another alternative that’s both accessible and eco-friendly, but until then, restaurants should have plastic straws available upon request should someone with a disability need one.

Staff writer Chris Bosak contributed to this story.