Monday, November 13, 2017 | By EarthShare | No Comments
Your City Can Go Straw-Free Like Seattle
Straws are one of the most common items found during beach cleanups. It’s not hard to understand why: Americans use over 500 million straws every day. And a large portion of those straws end up floating in the ocean’s giant garbage patches, or eaten by animals. An estimated 71% of seabirds and 30% of turtles have been found with plastics in their stomachs.
When it comes to plastic pollution, straws are low-hanging fruit: they’re usually offered by restaurants out of habit more than need. All we need is a cultural shift to reduce straw use and luckily, we’re already making progress.
In September, Seattle became the first major city to ban plastic straws. By next summer, the city won’t allow restaurants and other businesses to offer plastic straws to patrons. Many are already making the switch. The move in Seattle alone is expected to save as many as one million straws per month.
Banning plastic straws is a great idea for cities that have already seen much success banning and taxing plastic bags.
Seattle was supported in its new law by the environmental group Lonely Whale Foundation. Building on Seattle's example, Lonely Whale now wants to ban straws in other cities through its #StopSucking campaign.
Do you want to bring #StopSucking to your city? There are several ways to get involved.
First, place your vote for the next cities you want to see ban plastic straws.
In response to today’s release of a bill making the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge coastal plain available for leasing, The Wilderness Society issued the following statement from Alaska Regional Director, Nicole Whittington-Evans:
Legislation due for markup in the House Natural Resources Committee, H.R. 3905, would open the door for controversial mining projects in the watershed of Minnesota’s Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.
In a Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee hearing held this morning, Colorado’s Senator Cory Gardner argued that drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge would abide by all existing environmental laws and could be done in a way that doesn’t impact wildlife.