30 Day Zero Waste Challenge
Let’s take the lead from a brilliant Shoreline Kindergartener!
500 million straws are used and disposed every day in the United States. That’s 175 billion a year filtering into landfills and littering our waterways and oceans.
Plastic photo-degrades into tinier and tinier pieces that attract more organic pollutants. These pieces are mistaken as food and ingested by all kinds of land and marine wildlife – even plankton!
SCARY FACT-There are 46 micro plastic pieces for every microplankton in the ocean.
THE SOLUTION –
1. Refuse! Use your consumer power and voice to ask for no straw with your drinks.
2. Bring Your Own. There are great plastic-free alternatives (stainless steel, bamboo, and sturdy glass) that you can have to bring with you anywhere you go.
3. Kindly Encourage. Let your local restaurant, eatery, or cafe know that you’d like to see straws given out on request only, or switch to a compostable or paper version.
More great links:
- Microplastic pollution in oceans is far worse than feared, say scientists
- To Curb Ocean Pollution, U.K. May Ban Plastic Straws, Stirrers And Cotton Swabs
- Bans on Plastic Straws in Restaurants Expand to More Cities
Quote of the Day:
“Change a child – change a family; Change a family – change the community; Change the community – change the nation; Change the nation – change the planet.”