Skip the Straw

Lake Erie supplies the water we drink. No matter where you live, your life depends on water. Year after year, trash enters our waterways, choking economies, harming wildlife and impacting the health of humans and communities.

 

Fortunately, this is one environmental issue we can all address. By picking up what’s out there and changing the behaviors that allow trash into the water in the first place, we can support the vision of a trash free Lake. Clean water has so many benefits, from healthy wildlife to strong economies.

 

The Sustainable Cleveland Plastic Reduction Working Group invites you to join in our Skip the Straw campaign. Through this targeted effort, we hope to prevent millions of plastic straws from entering the Lake. Restaurants, bars and similar establishments can play an important role by reducing the amount of plastic straws that are used by their customers daily. 

 

Skip the Straw simply requests that restaurants refrain from automatically putting a plastic disposable straw in each beverage, but rather allow customers to request a straw if they so desire. Often, customers are content without a straw.

 

Customers can do their part by only requesting a straw when absolutely necessary. 

 

For more information and how to get involved, please contact Cathi Lehn, Sustainable Cleveland Manager at clehn@city.cleveland.oh.us . We look forward to partnering with you.

 

Sustainable Cleveland is Mayor Frank Jackson’s 10-year initiative to build a thriving

Green City on a Blue Lake.

 

Members of the Plastic Reduction Working Group include:

Cuyahoga County Solid Waste District

Bay Village Green Team

Greater Cleveland Aquarium

Nature Center at Shaker Lakes

Ohio Sea Grant

ODNR Old Woman Creek NERR

Pennsylvania Sea Grant

Share the River

and several concerned citizens of Northeast Ohio……….

 

Resources:

Earth Day Network Toolkits 2018

 

Don’t Break the Lake

 

The 5 Gyres Institute

 

Plastics B.A.N. List 2.0

 

Aardvark: The Original Paper Straw

 

Straws in the News in 2018

 

The last straw? Soon hopefully

January 12, 2018

 

The war on plastic: South African seafood restaurant chain bans drinking straws

January 17, 2018

 

Taiwan Announces Ban on All Plastic Bags, Straws, and Utensils

February 22, 2018

 

The Last Straw? EU Official Hints Ban on Single-Use Plastic Across Europe

February 23, 2018

 

World's First Collapsible, Reusable Straw Fits Right On Your Keychain

April 24, 2018

 

White Sox Become First MLB Team to Ban Plastic Straws

May 8, 2018

 

The Death of the Plastic Straw

May 16, 2018

 

EU Proposes a Total Ban on Plastic Forks and Other Products

May 28, 2018

 

5 Eco-Friendly Drinking Straw Alternatives So You Can Skip Plastic

May 28, 2018


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