Strawless Ocean: #STOPSUCKING pledge to stop using plastic straws

Strawless Ocean’s #STOPSUCKING is a new campaign by Lonely Whale Foundation to encourage people to stop using plastic straws – most of which end up in the oceans, polluting the water and killing marine life.

Through Strawless Ocean, the Lonely Whale Foundation is aiming to reduce the use of plastic straws, encouraging bars and restaurants to switch to sustainable plastic straw alternatives, like paper straws, and encouraging consumers to use reusable straws.

In the US alone, people use around 500 million plastic straws every day. While many plastic straws can be recycled, most are not recyclable. Like the plastic bag and soda can rings, straws fall under the category of “single-use plastics”,

The Sucker Punch #STOPSUCKING promotional video – which features the legendary Daisy Age(rs) De La Soul, Brooklyn Decker, The Skins, Neil deGrasse Tyson, and Radkey, as well as actor and Lonely Whale Foundation c0-founder, Adrian Grenier – is a fun way of conveying a simple message. Celebrities are shown drinking out of plastic cups using plastic straws while an octopus tentacle whacks them, knocking their drinks and straws.

Strawless Ocean chose to use compostable plastic cups and compostable plastic straws in the making of the campaign video.

Adrian Grenier, founder of Strawless Ocean and co-founder of Lonely Whale Foundation, said: “We already know that plastic bags and soda can rings are bad for the environment and end up in the ocean. Few people realise that straws are among the top 10 items found during beach clean ups and can do so much harm to seabirds, turtles and other marine creatures.

“The devastation of plastic pollution is not who we are as a global community. Now is the time for us to reflect on our own beauty, our power to affect our environment through individual action. It starts with the plastic straw.”

Strawless Ocean are encouraging people to get involved by uploading images with them using paper or reusable straws on social media as a way to demonstrate their pledge to a strawless ocean. They also encourage consumers to be active in suggesting their favourite restaurants and bars make the switch to paper straws, and saying no to plastic straws at the counter and explaining why.

While the Lonely Whale Foundation isn’t “anti-straw” as such, acknowledging that many people with disabilities require them for assistance, rather they advocate that  “we [Lonely Whale Foundation] just want to get people to stop sucking out of environmentally damaging single-use plastic straws”.

Strawless Ocean is currently working with disability groups on straw tests to see which straws may be the best for individuals with physical challenges.

Strawless Ocean
Lonely Whale Foundation

Rosalind Medea is Life & Soul Magazine’s Chief. She is a writer who specialises in sustainable life & style, music, entertainments and wellbeing. Rosalind also works as a spiritual life coach and intuitive advisor helping people to become who they truly are and manifest their heart & soul’s desires into their lives: www.rosalindmedea.com

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