Dear Restaurant Please Stop Using Straws
500 million straws are used every day in the United States. 500 MILLION. Think about how long you use a single plastic straw, maybe 20 minutes. Then what? It is thrown away or ends up as pollution in our environment and our ocean. Straws can't be recycled. They last at least 200 years before degrading into smaller bits of plastic. Single use plastic, like straws, ends up in landfills and make their way into the ocean through watersheds and runoff. One of the saddest sights is a straw stuck in the nose of a turtle.Watch this video to see what happens. I worn you that it will make you want to stop using straws forever!
Ocean animals can't tell the difference between their food and people's single use plastic items littering the ocean. It is time to rethink your relationship with plastic, refuse single use plastic #RefuseSUP, and raise your voice.
The good news is that we can make a change. Join us! Refuse single use plastic #RefuseSUP and help raise awareness. Ask to skip the straw next time you are at a restaurant. Tell your parents to stop using straws. Tell your friends to stop using straws. Tell everyone you know to stop using straws. Just think of all the drink boxes with plastic straws attached, how can you choose another product that is more friendly to our ocean animals? Reach out to businesses that use straws. Go to your local Starbucks and ask them to join in skipping straws. For those of you who still want to use straws, there are metal, glass or bamboo alternatives. Bamboo straws, pictured here, biodegrade in less than a year. It is important we raise our voices together. Stop using straws and getting others on-board is as easy as visiting your favorite local restaurant either in person or sending a letter to the manager. You can use the letter below as talking points or as the base for a letter you write:
Dear Restaurant Stop Using Straws
Greetings (Include Manager’s Name)!
My name is _____________ and I am in ______ grade at _______ school. We live in your neighborhood and you are my favorite restaurant. We would like you to stop using plastic straws at your restaurant. More than 500 million straws are used in the United States every single day and many end up in the ocean. This kind of single use plastic is harming our environment and we would like to share a few facts with you and your team:
- Every straw ever produced lasts on our planet for at at least 200 years
- Plastic straws are one of the top ten littered products picked up on beach clean
- Plastic straws can't be recycled, they go into landfill
- People do not need to use plastic straws to enjoy your restaurant
More than 8 million tons of plastic enters our sea every year and it is now predicted there will be more plastic in our ocean than fish by the year 2050. If your company stops using plastic straws or switches to a reusable straw, we could create change in our community. You can let all of the people know who visit your restaurant why you stopped using straws and raise awareness about this important issue. If everyone skipped the straw and refused single use plastic #RefuseSUP in our community we could make a difference in the health of our ocean. The first step in policy and corporate change is public awareness. I am happy to come and talk at one of your team meetings. Also, Ocean Annie, www.AnnieCrawley.com said she would come too! Skipping the straw would not only save you money, you would be a leader in helping our environment.
Every breath we take connects us to the sea. 50-70% of the oxygen in every
breath comes from the phytoplankton and marine plants in the ocean. The ocean holds
98% of the water on our planet and feeds our world. A healthy
ocean means healthy people. Plastic is a people problem and only people can be the solution. Please help be the solution.
To learn more check out 5 Ways to Rethink Your Relationship With Plastic. Take the pledge to #RefuseSUP. Have Annie Crawley, underwater photographer/filmmaker, to your school or organization as part of the Our Ocean & YOU campaign. Together we can #LoveOurOcean and #RefuseSUP.