The Last Straw Youth Challenge

Plastic is EVERYWHERE. Look around you and count how many things are made from plastic, wrapped in plastic or came in something plastic. I just did a quick 30 second glance around and instantly counted 26 things made from plastic! It can make your brain spin just thinking about getting rid of plastic in your life. Don't give up! Here is one REALLY SIMPLE and REALLY EFFECTIVE way to use less plastic every single day. Here is ISF's challenge for YOU...

STOP USING ALL OF THOSE PLASTIC STRAWS! 

 

ISF has been focusing on the impact of one use plastic straws with out The Last Straw campaign. Here is our challenge for all Youth and their families and friends.

For one week, we want you to count how many straws you say, "No thanks" to for your drinks. If you are with your family, teach them about plastic straws at a restaurant and count how many refuse a straw, too. When your week is done, Facebook/IG/Tweet us your total "saved straws" that we can add to our worldwide count. One person alone can make a huge impact, will it be you?

This is a great challenge to kick off with school and practicing Litterless Lunches.

You have probably used straws your entire life - they are everywhere! At school you get them with your juice, at home you use one when you have a drink at breakfast, every single restaurant hands you one with your dinner..... when you stop to think about that ... WOW that is a lot of plastic. Straws may not seem like a big deal at first, because they are skinny and not a big chunk of plastic. But as of January 2017, globally we are using 500 million straws every single day. Now they don't seem so skinny anymore. Here are some facts about the average plastic straw:

  • They can't be recycled.
  • Most people only use them ONE time, then throw them away.
  • You can't put them in the dishwasher because they get too hot. Their chemical make up changes and releases toxins that will go into your body when you reuse it.
  • Many straws contain BPA - a proven harmful chemical in some plastics.
  • Plastic degrades (breaks down/disappears) very slowly - this means they have a greater chance of reaching our oceans and polluting our land.
  • It is very harmful to the environment to make plastic straws - and it also uses fossil fuels! No way!
  • Plastic straws are one of the Top Ten littered products picked up at beach clean ups.

These are just a few facts about plastic straws but we think just those are enough reasons to start saying, "No Straw Please!"

If you have any questions or suggestions, email us at youth@isfoundation.net

Written by Jules Trace

Edited by Heidi Trace

Sources http://www.onegreenplanet.org/news/mcdonalds-ditch-plastic-straws/ and http://www.banthebagspdx.com/?p=413