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Join Strawless September!

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Earlier this month, we teamed up with Evolution PR to sponsor the WWF Canada and the Lonely Whale Foundation event “The Next Wave” at TIFF, in support of Ocean Health.

Why? Well, research states that over 500 million plastic straws are used in the USA every single day, with Canada not too far behind. Many of those plastic straws end up in our oceans, polluting the water and harming sea life. If we don’t act now, by 2050 there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish!

Picture this; 500 million straws could fill over 127 school buses each day, or more than 46,400 school buses every year! Plastic straws are superfluous and damaging to our environment; they don’t biodegrade, they’re difficult to recycle, they leach toxic chemicals into the ground and they can end up in our oceans. This plastic breaks down and animals, including the fish we eat, ingest it.

Luckily, lots of local businesses have already jumped on board with the #StopSucking initiative, including Toronto favourite the Dakota Tavern, The Drake Hotel and popular west-end haunt The Gift Shop Cocktail Bar. The west coast is on board too with a fantastic campaign by the Surfrider Foundation in Vancouver, using the tagline Straws Suck. Want to get on board? Here are our top five tips to reduce plastic waste;

  1. Stop using straws, and all other single-use plastics like bags and take out food containers.
  2. Bring a reusable bottle with you wherever you go
  3. Buy products with no to minimal packaging
  4. Buy boxes instead of bottles; cardboard is much easier to recycle
  5. Spread the word to your friends and family and tell businesses to stop using plastic straws!

They say it takes 21 days to form a habit, so challenge yourself to go plastic free for the next three weeks! The sooner we can begin to use fewer straws, the better – it is never too soon (or too late) to start! Sometimes making a difference does happen one small straw at a time.

 

#StrawlessSeptember #StopSucking #StrawsSuck

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