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. 


Watch the video that started the Skip the Straw movement worldwide.  


For more information and how to get involved, please contact Cathi Lehn, Sustainable Cleveland Manager at [email protected] . 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

Surfrider Foundation Northern Ohio Chapter

City of Cleveland Water Pollution Control

and several concerned citizens of Northeast Ohio……….



Earth Day Network Toolkits 2018

Don’t Break the Lake

The 5 Gyres Institute

Plastics B.A.N. List 2.0

UN Environment Report: Single Use Plastics: A Roadmap for Sustainability

National Geographic’s Planet or Plastic

Plastic-Free Great Lakes: An Advocacy Toolkit

The Plastics Challenge-White Paper

New Plastics Economy Global Commitment

Aardvark: The Original Paper Straw


Straws in the News in 2018

Plastic Straws Are Just the Tip of the Iceberg

December 27, 2018


CSU Dining will “Skip the Straw” to Reduce Plastic Waste

November 19, 2018


The last straw?

November 18, 2018


Strawing a hard line

November 16, 2018


No straw November

November 8, 2018


Why the Plastic Straw Ban Kind of Sucks

November 8, 2018



November 4, 2018


Good to the last drop: The drinking straw was invented in Washington

November 3, 2018


Claridge, 3 other hotels to ban plastic straws in 2019

October 30, 2018


Law alumna and activist behind plastic straw ban in California

October 23, 2018


California Becomes First State to Regulate Plastic Straws

September 21, 2018


Local Businesses Slurping Straws Out of Circulation

September 15, 2018


After Plastic Straws, Are Balloons Next to Go?

August 15, 2018


Seeing Green: Cleveland's Efforts to Ditch Plastic Straws, Tax Plastic Bags, and Fine for Improper Waste Disposal

August 1, 2018


Bacardi and Lonely Whale to Remove 1 Billion Plastic Straws to Ensure #TheFutureDoesntSuck

July 13, 2018


Why the World Is Hating on Plastic Straws Right Now

July 12, 2018


Why People With Disabilities Want Bans On Plastic Straws To Be More Flexible

July 11, 2018


Starbucks: Goodbye, Plastic Straws

July 9, 2018


The last straw? Starbucks pledges to eliminate plastic straws globally by 2020

July 9, 2019


10 Most Common Types of Beach Litter Are All Plastic

June 27, 2018


Stop treating Lake Erie like a floating garbage dump

June 24, 2018


Seattle's Ban on Plastic Straws, Utensils Begins July 1

June 20, 2018


Skipping the straw, cleaning the beaches: What Cleveland is doing to protect Lake Erie from plastic pollution

June 14, 2018 


Last Straw For Plastic Straws? Cities, Restaurants Move To Toss These Sippers

May 31, 2018


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

May 28, 2018


EU Proposes a Total Ban on Plastic Forks and Other Products

May 28, 2018


The Death of the Plastic Straw

May 16, 2018


White Sox Become First MLB Team to Ban Plastic Straws

May 8, 2018


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

April 24, 2018


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

February 23, 2018


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

February 22, 2018


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

January 17, 2018


The last straw? Soon hopefully

January 12, 2018