Way to go, Seattle! We recently shared how the Emerald City is going plastic-free for the month of September for the campaign Strawless in Seattle and now we have even more exciting news to share. In September alone, over 2 million plastic straws were eliminated from the city. Nice!
As part of Strawless in Seattle, a campaign by actor and environmentalist Adrian Grenier’s non-profit organization, Lonely Whale Foundation, 150+ Seattle businesses, restaurants, and venues swapped out plastic straws for sustainable alternatives. The Seahawks, Mariners, the Space Needle, and Port of Seattle all joined the worthy campaign. Not only did Seattle eliminate 2 million plastic straws in September, the city has banned all plastic straws and utensils by 2018. Woohoo!
At the recent wrap-up celebration event for the campaign, Adrian Grenier and NFL quarterback Russell Wilson announced 19 candidate cities for the 2018 Strawless Ocean tour, such as London, San Francisco, Dublin, and Chicago. Got some ideas? The Lonely Whale Foundation is asking for input on which of the 10 of the 19 cities that campaign should expand to. You can currently vote here. We can’t wait to see this important movement take over other cities!
Currently, Americans use over 500 million plastic straws every day. It is expected that, if the trend continues, by 2050 there will be more plastic than fish in the oceans. The fact that plastic straws are one of the smallest single-use items we throw away does not help the case at all, considering how many of these tiny items accumulate in the trash daily. By limiting the number of single-use plastics produced, distributed, and used, we can significantly reduce plastic pollution and help the environment, wildlife, and people.
To find out how to use less plastic in your every-day life, check out One Green Planet’s #CrushPlastic campaign!
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