More than 10,000 people pledge to skip the straw

More than 10,000 Americans said "no" to plastic straws in February.

Feb. 22 marked the third annual national Skip the Straw Day—a day created by Michigan middle school students who were fed up with plastic pollution and its impact on wildlife and planet. Environment America and our network partners U.S. PIRG teamed up to mark the day by asking our members to pledge to skip the straw.

“It’s powerful to see so many people enthusiastic to protect wildlife and ditch single-use plastics,” said Steve Blackledge, senior director of our national network’s conservation campaign. “The next step? Working to make every day ‘Skip the Straw Day’ by urging legislators to support bills that will reduce plastic pollution on a much larger scale.”

Environment America and our national network are supporting legislation in seven states requiring that most restaurants make disposable plastic straws available only upon request.

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Photo: More than 10,000 Americans pledged to choose wildlife over waste by skipping plastic straws. Credit: Public Domain