It’s only been a couple of weeks since I announced my plan to stop using plastic straws, but already I have good news!
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.
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.
Turns out, you guys had some good ideas too.
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)!
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?
I was out for lunch with a friend the other day and nudged her: no plastic straw. 😉
Love my stainless steel straws- way to go with your progress so far!!
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.”
Amy, thanks for sharing! What a clever way to spread the message of sustainability!
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.
Good point, Susan. And restaurant owners would save some money!
Love my stainless steel straws!! Great movement! Getting my kids and grandkids on board
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.
THIS!!! I’m in. I’ll go strawless in 2017 too!!
I use the Norwex straws and love them!