PLASTIC- FREE JULY: DAY 4

Every single time I do a beach clean up, I find straws.

𝐓𝐇𝐄 ππ‘πŽππ‹π„πŒ

Straws were in the top 3 of commonly found items on the beach of the ICC report of 2019. They are used for a hot minute, then binned or thrown on the ground. Since they are so lightweight, they blow around easily, and find their way into drains, rivers, beaches and oceans.

You’ve seen the video. You know that straws can enter animals’ airways. You know they cause immense pain and suffering to animals.

π’πŽπ‹π”π“πˆπŽππ’

Why do we take the straw, even though we know about the turtle? Because we don’t want to make a fuss? Because we don’t want our lipstick to smudge? This solution is such a no-brainer to me. I really don’t understand when people who are able-bodied use straws. Take a stand and refuse.

ππ‘π„ππ€π‘π€π“πˆπŽπ & ππ‹π€πππˆππ†

If you want, you can buy a glass, steel, rice, pasta, or bamboo straw.

Carry it with you (with your cutlery).

Use. Wash. Dry. Pack. And repeat.

π˜–π˜™ 𝘺𝘰𝘢 𝘀𝘒𝘯 𝘢𝘴𝘦 𝘺𝘰𝘢𝘳 𝘭π˜ͺ𝘱𝘴. They are evolved for the purpose of drinking. This is my favourite method.

When you place your order, tell the server at the beginning that you don’t need a straw. It helps to show your own, so that they remember (their packing actions are automated, so it’s VERY hard to break this habit. The whole industry needs re-training.)

You might find that the server will give you a straw, even if you asked for none. Again, automated habits. They probably heard you, but it’s such an ingrained habit that it overrides the customer request.

π˜‹π˜°π˜―β€™π˜΅ 𝘨π˜ͺ𝘷𝘦 𝘢𝘱.

You can expect success at your favorite place. When you repeatedly make the same request, you will be associated with being an exception to the rule.

π˜‹π˜–π˜•β€™π˜› Sπ˜›π˜–π˜— π˜ˆπ˜šπ˜’π˜π˜•π˜Ž!

π—ͺ𝐇𝐀𝐓 πˆπ… π˜πŽπ”π‘ π…π€π•πŽπ”π‘πˆπ“π„ 𝐏𝐋𝐀𝐂𝐄 𝐔𝐒𝐄𝐒 ππ‹π€π’π“πˆπ‚?⁣

– Write a letter to the business, requesting that they change to reusable straws, explaining the reasons.
– Bring your own and use that. (Don’t forget to take them back before the table is cleared!)
– Change loyalties to a business who cares.