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Our Mission

The Last Plastic Straw strives to educate the public about the absurdity of single use plastic, its effects on our health, our environment, and our oceans. We aim to eliminate from the source, the use of single use plastic.

How You Can Help

Join us in a global movement to eliminate plastic drinking straws from our landfills, our streams, our oceans, and our beaches. Simply request “no straw” at bars & restaurants and share your commitment with others. Encourage your favorite restaurant or bar to only provide straws on request from the customer and to use biodegradable or reusable options to the plastic straw. Basically what we are asking you to do is DO LESS: less consumption, less waste, less straws. It’s a win-win!

Why We Need Your Help

500 million straws are used and discarded every day in the United States alone. That’s 175 Billion a year filtering into landfills and littering the oceans.

US Consumption Stats

The Last Plastic Straw Challenge

This is an invitation to all bars and restaurants, to be part of the movement to eliminate plastic pollution from the source. By simply stating on menus “Straws available upon request”, bars and restaurants can be part of the solution.

Here’s How:

  • Provide a straw only when requested by a customer
  • Provide either biodegradable or reusable straws
  • Or get rid of straws completely

From London to Miami, restaurants, bars and cities are banning plastic straws voluntarily.


“By only providing plastic straws when requested, we can significantly reduce the disposal of single use plastic. Such a simple action will not only save on overheads, it will have incredibly positive and far reaching effects on our planet.”

-Straw Wars, UK


Best Beach Reads

Blue MindBlue Mind
by Wallace J. Nichols, Ph.D.

foreword by Celine Cousteau

The surprising science that shows how being near, in, on, or under water can make you happier, healthier, more connected and better at what you do.

A beautiful book about how we are linked to water and the science behind that primal connection. A terrific read to get you ready to get back in the water and the inspiration to look after our incredible aquatic resources.

 


Plastic FreeMy Plastic Free Life
by Beth Terry

A personal account of how one woman kicked the plastic habit and how you can too!

Beth Terry will guide you through the process of eliminating plastic from your everyday life. A trove of practical advice, resources, personal stories and inspiration to help you cut down, if not eliminate, the amount of plastic consumed in your own household. You can learn more about Beth Terry and plastic free living at
myplasticfreelife.com and check out Beth’s video on our Join Us page.


Plastic Love StoryPlastic A Toxic Love Story
by Susan Freinkel

Journalist Susan Freinkel explores the impact of plastic on our lives through its historic beginning, science, and the global economy.

Eye-popping information on the many places plastic intersects with our lives, our unhealthy dependence on plastic and ideas towards a healthier alternative future. A very informative read that will have you looking at your purchasing decisions in a whole new light.

Best Books of 2011 by the Boston Globe

 


Our Stolen FutureOur Stolen Future
by Theo Colborn, Dianne Dumanoski,
and John Peterson Myers

foreword by Vice President Al Gore

First published in 1996, Our Stolen Future explains the impact of plastic use on human biology. Endocrine disruption and its impact from fetal development to adulthood is explained is sobering detail. A first rate detective story.

Are we threatening our fertility, intelligence, and survival? Learn how endocrine disruption was discovered, how it works, what it means, and what you can do to protect yourself.