The Last Plastic Straw is the result of the volunteer efforts of friends, professionals, athletes, developers, scientists, and artists committed to inspiring change in the way we view our disposable lifestyle. We believe plastic waste is the result of a lack of awareness regarding the refuse from products and services we use and take for granted every hour of every day. All of us with The Last Plastic Straw believe that the more we share with the world the effect these decisions have on our environment, the more inspired we will all be to change our habits.
Jackie Nunezfounder / traveler / world citizen
Jackie has spent most of her life surrounded by water. Her passion for ocean sports, the environment, and community service inspired her to create The Last Plastic Straw. When not traveling the globe she makes her home in Santa Cruz, California. In addition to The Last Plastic Straw, Jackie spends her time biking, gardening, kayak guiding, sailing, hiking, camping, playing and visiting friends and family whenever possible.
Kim is thrilled to join The Last Plastic Straw effort because “…it is that unique project that allows me to apply my creative energy to a great cause and to make a difference.” She is also from Santa Cruz, California and has spent a lifetime swimming, cycling, running and actively exploring the environment around her. She is especially grateful for this opportunity to show her daughters how to give back and inspire change.
Anni Reindigital marketing / ocean lover / yogini
Anni first discovered the beauty of our oceans by snorkeling and scuba diving around the world. After spending time in Santa Cruz, California she started surfing and learning more about the delicate balance in the marine environment that is being endangered by our consumption habits. Anni is passionate about doing her part for the oceans both as a volunteer and as a student of sustainable coastal management.
Alex Fordycesoftware developer / surfer / dad
Alex has lived near the ocean his entire life and has travelled to many coastal environments. He believes in the importance of keeping coastal communities and environments free of trash and pollution. To Alex, the Last Plastic Straw offers common sense as a catalyst for change. He lives with his wife and daughters in Santa Cruz, California and hopes to pass on a cleaner ocean to the next generation.
Will Mayalltech dude / ocean lover / environmentalist / parent
Will spends as much time in and on the water as possible. He grew up on the Atlantic and now lives next to the Pacific. When he isn’t in front of a computer, he’s birding or hanging with whales. He and his family live in Santa Cruz, California, travel extensively, and hope a raised awareness will lead to a cleaner planet.