Say ‘No’ to Plastic Straws for Plastic Free July

Join us and over one million people worldwide participating in Plastic Free July! Plastic Pollution Coalition and The Last Plastic Straw challenge you to refuse single-use plastic during the month of July and beyond. Get started by saying no to plastic drinking straws!

Did you know? Over 500,000,000 plastic straws are used each day in the United States alone. In only the past twenty years, people have come to expect plastic straws in every drink: an example of extreme waste being generated for minimal convenience. These short-lived tools are usually dropped into a garbage can with no further thought, instantly becoming a source of plastic pollution.  

What can you do?

  • Simply request “no straw” at bars, cafes, and restaurants and join us in the global movement to eliminate plastic drinking straws from our landfills, our waterways, our oceans, and our beaches.

  • Reach out to local eateries in your neighborhood or town and ask them to change their protocol to “only serve straws upon request”.  Simply download and print this PDF and ask them to try it for the month of July. You can also  leave these informational cards with your bill!

  • Encourage these eateries to make the change to non-plastic straw options – like paper, rye wheat, glass, or stainless steel – if diners do request a straw. We have a business-specific pledge for them to sign, too.

Have you had your last plastic straw? Take the pledge!

6 responses to “Say ‘No’ to Plastic Straws for Plastic Free July”

  1. Kuhfahlc@aol.com says:

    I have just spoken to a restaurant owner who wants to do this. Is there a poster or sign he can hang in his restaurant?

  2. staff@jmwd.com says:

    We are sending this challenge for all restaurants to replace plastic straws with paper straws, due to the negative impact the 500 million plastic straws per day have in our oceans.

    Straws can also be customized and personalized with any restaurant or company name, logo or tagline, increasing brand awareness and combating pollution from plastic straws at the same time.

    Here is a link for you to check out. Straws Made in USA, Earth Friendly and a coupon for MAKETHESWITCH for 50% off any retail order. http://tinyurl.com/ycj9tbjs

  3. pete_smith@mail.com says:

    How about no straws at all? Stop putting ice in drinks and remove the "need" for straws. Considering how unhygenic is the ice in restaurants and bars, it would be better for everyone.

    And how about speaking out against the other plastic that people suck on all the time? Cigarette filters aren’t just plastic and never biodegrade, they also contain toxins. Sea animals eat them and die – fish, whales, birds, turtles, etc.

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