The impact of plastic pollution on our planet is daunting. So daunting, in fact, that it’s easy to feel powerless.
The good news is … one person truly can make a difference!
By simply requesting “no straw” at bars and restaurants, you can prevent one more piece of plastic from harming the environment. As innocent as they may appear, plastic straws are one of the most prevalent sources of plastic pollution entering our waterways.
Need proof? Since we first began collecting data at our cleanups in 2007, we have removed 33,879 plastic straws from local beaches and rivers!
Just think how much of that could have been prevented by making the choice to drink directly from a glass or bottle.
Plastic straws are just one of many examples of over-consumption that we have become accustomed to in our daily lives. But with each person’s help, we can change the course of plastic pollution.
One of our Sanctuary Stewards, Jackie Nunez, has taken this message to heart. She is leading the fight against plastic straws in Santa Cruz and Monterey counties via The Last Plastic Straw, a volunteer community project for Save Our Shores.
In addition to advocating for local plastic straw bans, Jackie encourages individuals to stop using plastic straws and asks local businesses to join the effort by either stating “straws available upon request” on their menus, eliminating straws completely, or providing biodegradable or reusable straws.