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Stop Sucking It Up With Plastic Straws: Help Keep Our Water Clean


by Andrew Ciccone June 14, 2018

As it stands, about nine percent of plastic waste is recycled, the rest is piling up in landfills, littering our streets or winds up in the ocean and our water supplies. Many of us are starting to use less plastic and that’s truly a good thing. Most supermarkets now offer reusable shopping bags to help reduce the amount of waste from plastic bags.

Plastic is just bad for the environment. What you might not know is that plastic straws are among the top 10 items found during beach clean ups. The plastic bags, straws and soda rings wind up tangled around sea turtles and seagulls, choking them out. 

An estimated 71% of seabirds and 30% of turtles have been found with plastics in their stomachs. When they ingest plastic, marine life has a 50% mortality rate.

What’s equally as bad, perhaps even worse is that when plastic does make it into the ocean it breaks down into smaller and smaller pieces known as “microplastics” rather than biodegrading or dissolving. Microplastics are a harmful threat to our marine life.

One of the simplest and most effective ways to reduce the impact plastic has our our ecosystem and our environment is to STOP using plastic straws. Paper straws are a more eco-friendly alternative that will make an immediate and lasting impact our our environment. There are also other alternatives such as aluminum straws and bamboo straws that are much safer for a green planet.

Plastic damages our water supply as well. Americans use over 500 million plastic straws every day in America. If we don’t stop using plastic straws NOW, it is projected that by the year 2050 there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish. Most plastic straws are too lightweight to make it through a recycling sorter. The straws drop through sorting screens and mix with other materials that are too small to separate. Bottom line, these plastics contaminate our water.


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While compostable plastic straws are good in theory, they can be disposed of incorrectly by individuals when there is a lack of information on public composting depositories. Compostable plastic straws are no better than regular plastic straws when they get into the marine environment. They are designed to break down in compost facility conditions, not sea water.

Accept and challenge someone else to #StopSucking! Take it one step further and get your favorite restaurant, or coffee shop to #StopSucking. Visit https://www.strawlessocean.org/ to learn more about how you can make a difference. 

At the very least say “No PLASTIC straw, please!” Get in the habit of asking for no straw before you even order a beverage. And be ready to tell your server why.

Thanks, and love your water!

 




Andrew Ciccone
Andrew Ciccone

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Andrew Ciccone, VP Branding & Media Strategy - Andrew's long strange marketing trip began after graduating from Syracuse University with a BS in Marketing. Andrew then developed his marketing prowess when he moved to Madison Avenue big boys Young & Rubicam, Backer Spielvogel, and Grey Advertising. He went on to get a Masters in Corporate Communications from Baruch College, then went on to start his own agency in 2011 - Hudson Valley Public Relations. Andrew has earned a reputation for creative, smart, innovative campaigns that get results. Andrew's spare time is devoted to sailing regattas, family fun and film. To date he has penned four screenplays.



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