Ocean Blue Blog
by Karisa Boyce
Many of you are already aware that Ocean Blue is working with domestic plastic recyclers to turn marine plastic into new products. This will help facilitate shutting down the loop of production, meaning we will need less petroleum and virgin plastics to make the products we buy at the store. Through researching the recycling process, we have learned that single-use plastic straws are nothing but a huge waste because it is not sustainable to recycle them. Beside this fact, Ocean Blue volunteers are about to obtain thousands of the single-use nuisances from U.S. beaches throughout the National Beach Cleanup Initiative 2018.
Going strawless campaigns are gaining momentum in cities across the geographical region currently being victimized by waves of plastic pollution by using #goingstrawless. This is thanks to Strawless Ocean, an open source platform established by Lonely Whale. Strawless Ocean is dedicated to removing single-use plastic straws from the United States waste chain. Ocean Blue likes to see alternative non-profits creating impact by encouraging cities and people every place to hitch a movement that’s creating waves!
Lonely Whale, a non-profit operating out of Seattle and the Big Apple, launched the Strawless in Seattle Campaign thatimpelled businesses to get rid of 2.3 million plastic straws from town in 2017 alone. During the launch that September, the Mayor of Seattle pledged to ban all single-use plastic straws in July of 2018.
Other cities and non-profits are following suit by connexion a movement that was created for everyone in the United States to join in on. Plastic Pollution Coalition promotes the Last Plastic Straw challenge by providing a 4 level plan of action, a pledge you can sign, and a resource guide for strawless restaurants. Portland, Oregon radio station, KINK FM, also put out a campaign to make Portland one in all 10 cities committed to going strawless as an extension of the Strawless in Seattle movement. Monterey, Malibu, and San Diego in California and Ocean City in Maryland are among the cities who have also taken part in going strawless.
Walt Disney World’s Animal Kingdom and the Smithsonian Institute have implemented bans. Even Martha Stewart has joined the movement! If you find yourself at the Rocky Mountain National Park or the Grand Canyon, you are likely to be exposed to messaging that urges you to go strawless at concession stands. The less demand there is for straws, the more likely businesses are to let go of an unnecessary and wasteful single-use product.
Let’s not forget about Milo Cress, the then nine year old that started the Be Straw Free Campaign back in 2011. Eco-cycle manages the campaign now and offers up resources, including the be straw free table tent that you can download and print for use at restaurants.
Fast forward 7 years and we see a giant wave forming - a wave that is in favor of marine mammals, a clean planet, and the overall health of the lifeline of this beautiful planet - our One World Ocean. People are the power and by making the jump to going strawless you can help save our ocean by directly impacting supply and demand. Jump on the strawless summer save the wave campaign by #goingstrawless with Ocean Blue Project today!
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