Did you know that in the U.S. alone, we use 500 million straws a day?
That’s enough straw waste to wrap the circumference of the earth 2.5 times!
Because they’re so small, straws easily fall through the cracks in the recycling process and instead end up as trash—often in our oceans. In fact, plastic straws are one of the top trash items found on our beaches. They can also be harmful to animals.
Go Green Northbrook is taking a step towards helping reduce plastic straw waste by asking our community to talk to local restaurant owners. Instead of automatically providing straws with drinks when served, we are asking restaurants to instead provide straws to patrons who ask for them.
Each of us can support the cause by reducing our own use of plastic straws, using more environmentally friendly options, or skipping the straw altogether. When arriving at your table or the counter, say “No Straw Please.” Many small steps can add up to big change!
If you are interested in learning more and becoming part of our team, contact GGN board member, Sarah Sanford Sarah@gogreennorthbrook.org