Shoreline says: Skip the straw

Thursday, September 19, 2019

From the City of Shoreline

An estimated 9 million tons of plastic end up in the ocean each year. If that trend continues, it’s anticipated that there will be more plastic than fish in the ocean by 2050!
 
Plastic straws are an item that most of us could live without. Plastic straws don’t biodegrade under natural conditions, and they can’t easily be recycled due to their small size. 

Many straws end up in our local streams and the ocean where they can pollute habitat for salmon, orcas and other species. 

According to Ocean Conservancy, plastic straws are one of the top ten items collected every year during their International Coastal Cleanup.

Reducing our use of single-use plastics, including straws, can help! The City is partnering with Ocean Conservancy to reduce plastic pollution and encourage Shoreline residents and businesses to “Skip the Straw.” Visit Skip the Straw to pledge today!

Individuals: Pledge not to use single-use plastic straws for the next 30 days. When ordering a drink, politely request “no straw, please.” Carry a reusable straw, such as one made from stainless steel, bamboo or glass. You can also pledge to ask your favorite restaurant to serve straws only on request. 

We’ll be updating an online map showing the number of individual pledges by neighborhood for a little friendly competition, so encourage your friends and family to participate!

Businesses: Businesses can pledge to only offer straws upon request and/or switch to reusable or compostable straws. Participating businesses will receive a window decal and display materials and be highlighted on social media. Businesses that sign the pledge can still offer flexible plastic drinking straws to customers who need them due to medical or physical conditions.



6 comments:

Unknown September 19, 2019 at 8:55 AM  

Find a better cause. You act like getting rid of straws will cure the world. Ridiculous. I will be asking for three straws for every drink I order for the next 30 days

Doug September 19, 2019 at 10:50 AM  

The U.S. is responsible for less than 5% of the ocean's pollution. Straws in Shoreline are not the problem. This is an over reach. Good grief people. Be adults.

Doug September 19, 2019 at 10:51 AM  

I'm going to ask for two straws.

Anonymous,  September 19, 2019 at 7:33 PM  

I find needles all over the city (one today at Echo Lake Park) and they're all about banning straws??

JP,  September 19, 2019 at 8:01 PM  

I never get a straw. Seriously...who needs a straw? Not me. A few need them for medical reason...the rest of us can...sip. And look for other ways to reduce plastic usage. The journey of a million miles begins with a single step.

Anonymous,  September 19, 2019 at 8:09 PM  

EVERY PIECE OF PLASTIC we can keep out of our world helps.

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