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Did you know that a plastic straw can take hundreds of years to break down? Plastic straws are used for only moments and then thrown away, sometimes ending up in our oceans and waterways where they can harm the animals that live in them. Plastics remain in oceans, rivers and lakes for hundreds of years, polluting the habitats and threatening the health of our blue planet. Plastics, like straws, can break down into even smaller pieces over time (called microplastics). Microplastics have been found in foods we eat such as canned tuna, in table salt, beer, bottled water and even in the air we breathe.
We challenge you to join us in taking one small step—a first step—and skip the straw when dining out, getting an iced coffee or heading to the the drive thru. Each time you skip you're saying YES to cleaner waters, a healthier natural environment and a healthy planet. Don't want to or can't Skip the Straw? Ask for a paper straw or purchase reusable stainless steel or glass straws and keep them with you everywhere you go.
Skipping the Straw is one small decision you can make that can have an enormous impact on our community and region. Join the challenge and show us how you #SkipTheStrawFL.
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