"Skip the Straw" – Join us!
Plastic straws are used for only around 20 minutes before being tossed in the garbage, which is an astonishingly quick lifespan for an item that will be on the planet forever.
Plastic straws are too small and lightweight to be recycled properly, so they end up in our landfills. Plastic straws will never biodegrade. In the landfill, they will break down into smaller plastic pieces full of toxic chemicals produced by the degrading (breaking down) process.
In the U.S. alone, over 500 MILLION straws used daily. How much does that amount to? It's like circling around the earth 2.5 times daily, or filling up 127 school buses full of straws. We're not much different here in Canada, with the same per-capita use and disposal habits.
Raising Kids Naturally is challenging every single person and establishment to #SkipTheStraw because #StrawsSuck!
Are you a business?
Join us and receive 3 gifts!
If you're a Halton Region business that would normally give out plastic straws, you can pledge to our #SkipTheStraw movement by starting with these three things:
1. MAKE STRAWS OPTIONAL
Rather than automatically giving your customers a straw with their drink #SkipTheStraw – unless they ask for one (some people with physical challenges or smaller children may still on occasion request one).
For the most part, you will find not too many customers will ask you for a straw, which can save you hundreds of dollars a year – plus you'd be helping to save our environment!
2. LOOK INTO ECO-STRAW OPTIONS
Although using any kind of straw doesn't make for a sustainable solution, there are straws which are better to offer than a plastic one. While you test your customer response, consider carrying paper straws that are eco-friendly and biodegradable, like the ones certified by the Biodegradable Products Institute. They can be found everywhere online nowadays, for a great price! (See below for some additional resources).
3. SIGN OUR 'STRAW-FREE' PLEDGE FORM ~ GET FREE STUFF!
By making straws optional at your establishment and by signing our pledge form, we will give you:
A starter package of 25 biodegradable paper straws, so you can see what they're like (take them for a test drive!) and so you know what to order when you buy your next package of paper straws
Receive a template, customized with your logo to put on your tables and counters, showing your support to "Skip The Straw". This will be a great conversation starter with your customers, and they will appreciate your efforts. It will also help create more awareness!