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How to Cure the Temptation for Plastic Straws

No Straw, Please: A Progress Report

It’s only been a couple of weeks since I announced my plan to stop using plastic straws, but already I have good news!

  • By eliminating single-use plastic straws from my own life, I’ve now saved about 10 straws from either the landfill or the recycling plant!
  • And because my kids have also jumped on board with the idea, our combined total has blossomed to about 50 straws saved!
  • If we keep it up, by the end of the year we’ll have saved about 350 straws!

Now this may not sound like a real big deal, but you gotta start somewhere, right?

As I posted two weeks ago, we have good reason to do everything we can to avoid single-use suckers like the plastic straw.

To put it bluntly, plastic straws suck.

That’s why I was thrilled to hear about a campaign from the Lonely Whale Foundation, called Stop Sucking.

Let’s All Stop Sucking

Stop Wasting Water

The Stop Sucking campaign aims to keep a whopping 500 million straws from getting into the oceans in 2017—in other words, the same number of straws that enters our oceans every single day.

I think this goal is worthy and achievable. And if enough of us join in, I believe it’s ultimately exceedable!

A couple of weeks ago, I listed a few ways we could all try to kick the plastic straw habit. And I asked for more suggestions from our Movement members.

Movement Members and Guests Weigh In

Turns out, you guys had some good ideas too.

  • “Use/purchase reusable straws”
  • “I remember when straws were made of paper. I do use my Norwex stainless steel straws and I have found recyclable/dishwasher safe rigid plastic straws.”
  • “I love my stainless steel straws! Keeping a few in my purse helps cut down on plastic straws tremendously when we’re out and about!”
  • “Waiting for rice straws to hit N America… edible!!”

It’s gratifying (and a little humbling) to know that so many of you are with me in saying no to the single-use plastic straw. While my kids and I alone have already saved about 50 straws from finding their way into the ocean or landfill, I firmly believe that together we can do more. Let’s help turn that 50 into 500 million (or more)!

comment_2Won’t you join us in refusing plastic straws? Take the pledge with me to #stopsucking and then let us know your favorite way to avoid the plastic straw in the comments below!

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Have you refused a plastic straw at a restaurant before?

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Peter T
Peter T
3 years ago

What about compostable straws that decompose slowly (assumingly after contact with water)? Are they the same as the edible rice straws, or are there more options?

Sharon Campese
Sharon Campese
3 years ago

I was out for lunch with a friend the other day and nudged her: no plastic straw. 😉

Leigh-Ann Ross
Leigh-Ann Ross
3 years ago

Love my stainless steel straws- way to go with your progress so far!!

Amy Hepfner
Amy Hepfner
3 years ago

I made a little cloth bag for my Norwex stainless straws and I carry them in my purse. I always refuse straws now. I’ve had many people come up to me asking where to get them. I give them my business card and say, “They are Norwex straws and I’d be happy to order them for you.”

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3 years ago
Reply to  Amy Hepfner

Amy, thanks for sharing! What a clever way to spread the message of sustainability!

Susan Peavoy
Susan Peavoy
3 years ago

I think Restaurant Staff should ask people if they would like a straw (or not). This act alone would save hundreds of thousands of straws. As soon as it is handed out, used or not they are going in the landfill or the ocean.

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3 years ago
Reply to  Susan Peavoy

Good point, Susan. And restaurant owners would save some money!

Fay Banister
Fay Banister
3 years ago

Love my stainless steel straws!! Great movement! Getting my kids and grandkids on board

Ivy Jones
Ivy Jones
3 years ago

I saw a video on FB with a straw up a sea turtles nose. They pulled it out which may have caused damage because it was the ENTIRE straw. I realized then that I could not be part of the reason this was happening. Hope the US does get the rice straws. I would be down for eating my food accessories haha.

Gingi Freeman
Gingi Freeman
3 years ago

THIS!!! I’m in. I’ll go strawless in 2017 too!!

Amy Dabbelt
Amy Dabbelt
1 year ago

I use the Norwex straws and love them!