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Strawless Campaign

There is a growing consensus among mainstream society and across industries that we must quickly reduce (if not ban) our consumption of single-use plastics. Why? Because plastic pollution has become a nightmare turned into reality.

 

Environmental organizations and grassroots activists all over the world are spreading the news and raising awareness of this important issue which has a critical impact not only on our public health but the environment too. A video of a sea turtle with a plastic straw stuck in its nostril actually went viral and could be considered a main catalyst for such necessary action to ban the use of plastic straws.

In fact, the Surfriders Foundation launched a very successful Straw-less Summer campaign last year on the South Fork. It resulted in local officials passing a law that prohibits the distribution of plastic straws unless "specifically requested." This community-led initiative gained widespread support and continues on as organizers from Green Inside & Out and the Long Island Sierra Club ask restaurant owners throughout Suffolk County to pledge their commitment to a plastic straw-free environment. 

Even large corporations and businesses around the globe including the HyattMcDonalds in the U.K. and Ireland, and Starbucks, understand this issue and plan to go plastic-straw-free by 2020. 

The 2018 U.N. Environment report on single-use plastics delivers a substantial assessment regarding the cheap, ubiquitous presence of plastic as a serious threat and, specifically, one of "our planet's greatest environmental challenges."

Reducing global consumption of plastic straws is not going to, by itself, save the planet. But it is a powerful symbol of what we can achieve with just a small change in our habits. Choosing to 'skip the straw' is one of many instances where little efforts can make a big difference.

Examples of single-use plastic include:

  • plastic forks and knives

  • plastic shopping bags

  • plastic coffee cup lids

  • plastic water bottles

  • Styrofoam and plastic take out containers

  • and, of course, plastic straws

Also, take a look at the website (LifeWithoutPlastic) for solutions to plastics that are life-changing.