Skip the Straw

Save our blue planet, one drink at a time

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.

How can you help?

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 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. 


Did you know?

  • 407 MILLION tons of plastic are produced each year.
  • The U.S. generates the most at  270 POUNDS per person, per year!
  • Plastic straws show up among the TOP 10 items collected during beach cleanups around the world—unfound or uncollected plastics are wreaking havoc on ocean animals and ecosystems.
  • 9 MILLION tons of U.S. plastic enter the ocean from land every year. That number is expected to double by 2025 if things don't change.

Join the Challenge

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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