Sip. Don’t Suck

 

I’ve always been a bit of a hippy, sometimes even a non bathing one . . . to help cut back on water usage ya know? I’ve seen beaches from Australia, Dubai, Bahamas, Europe, Mediterranean, and Africa. You want to to know that they all have in common? Plastic.

Even on the most remote beaches I’ve found plastic. Plastic bottle caps, bottles, and bags are the most common.

 

Some stats:

 

80-90 percent of marine debris is made from plastic.

In the USA alone we use 500 million straws per day

Straws are NOT recyclable

 

Plastic does not biodegrade; it photo degrades into smaller and smaller pieces, which are ingested by marine and land animals. Which means when we ingest those animals we also ingest those plastics and toxins. The world has an聽infatuation with single use plastics. It is a part of our daily life. I’m hoping we can all start making small changes that can be a catalyst for a bigger change. I’ve personally stopped using single use straws. It took some time for me to mentally remember and change the habit. For instance it took me a while to remember to say “No straw” any time I ordered a drink. I also stopped buying juice boxes with single use straws for my kids.

I’m hoping that 20 of you will ban straws in your life for ONE WEEK. I’d love for you to comment below if you are willing to try this for one week!聽Just so you become aware of how often it is used in your life. I want people to not feel hopeless and like they are living on a dying planet but realize that there are small things you can change in your own life to better the environment.

 

The straw that broke the camels back . . . 聽These are the straws that I use in my own life in place of plastic ones.

 

 

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26 Comments
  • Valerie Hammer
    Posted at 15:46h, 01 October Reply

    I will take your challenge. I was just on vacation in the Grand Tetons & Yellowstone and even there I saw trash and plastic on the side of the roads. I picked up any and all that I could see and threw them away in their proper place.

    • Kenzie Tillotson
      Posted at 15:49h, 01 October Reply

      yay! 馃帀 Thanks for trying it out

  • LeAnn Wagner
    Posted at 15:50h, 01 October Reply

    Challenge accepted! Stainless steel straws are on the way to my house this very second!

    • Kenzie Tillotson
      Posted at 15:51h, 01 October Reply

      I use those exact straws every morning in my shake!

  • Alda S贸l Hauksd贸ttir
    Posted at 15:57h, 01 October Reply

    Never use straws anyways so challenge accepted for as long as I live!

    • Kenzie Tillotson
      Posted at 16:00h, 01 October Reply

      馃槀 Love it!

  • Gina Quigley
    Posted at 16:13h, 01 October Reply

    Done! Accepted!

    • Kenzie Tillotson
      Posted at 16:32h, 01 October Reply

      鉂わ笍

  • Stephanie Maratea
    Posted at 16:15h, 01 October Reply

    The stainless steel are my favorite! Have you seen the one that unfolds and can be kept on a keychain to carry on person to restaurants? While living in Charleston, many restaurants chose paper straws or even pasta noodles! How creative with the pasta!? I have stopped use of plastic straws as well; great read. Challenge accepted for this week and forever forward! Hope you all are well! Xo

    • Kenzie Tillotson
      Posted at 16:32h, 01 October Reply

      Ok my kids would love the pasta straw!

  • Dani Dizon
    Posted at 18:28h, 01 October Reply

    I have been using stainless steel straws for months now to reduce plastic waste. So happy you鈥檙e taking apart to this small changes

  • Kaitie Heumann
    Posted at 19:32h, 01 October Reply

    I agree with this 100%!! I have used reusable straws for the last few months and I love it!

    • Kenzie Tillotson
      Posted at 21:06h, 01 October Reply

      That’s great! What kind do you use?

  • Anonymous
    Posted at 00:56h, 02 October Reply

    I consider myself to be from the 70’s… so way back then… when we still had paper straws… when life was good… Now, why they had to go crazy when plastic came about is beyond me but they did. So now what we REALLY need is to ban plastic all together not just straws but shopping bags and sandwich bags and… What I would like to see is a world with no plastic at all. But banning sraws is a good start. So I thank you for your initiative to try to make a difference. You are a role model to many !

    • Kenzie Tillotson
      Posted at 18:48h, 02 October Reply

      Plastic bags are my public enemy #1. That’s the one thing I wish would honestly go away . . . more than straws

  • Alexandra K
    Posted at 08:30h, 02 October Reply

    Love, love, love this!! Been doing it for the past couple of months too!! Such a great challenge and I second Alda S贸l, challenge accepted for life!! 馃槃

    • Kenzie Tillotson
      Posted at 18:49h, 02 October Reply

      馃挏

  • Tisha
    Posted at 09:31h, 02 October Reply

    Challenge accepted馃榿

  • Jamie Joann
    Posted at 14:58h, 03 October Reply

    Please research the disabled community鈥檚 take on this and why one time use straws are necessary for their survival. There are plenty of other plastics to attack, but not single use straws. Sorry. Unless we can make them prescription, and in that case make it so only disabled people can get them. I鈥檇 go for it then.

  • Jeanne Guillaume
    Posted at 15:00h, 03 October Reply

    I agree with you and thank you for speaking about it ! I’ve already 100 % banned plastic straws (my fellow american friends, yes it is possible to drink directly out of a glass ! 馃槈) and as much as plastic as I can : metal water bottles and lunch boxes, wooden tooth brush, dry shampoo, fabric fruit and veggie bags, shopping bags, my own containers to buy in bulk and I always choose glass over plastic, so companies and restaurants, you hear me ? I’m not buying your products if you use plastic, stop making plastic NOW

  • Suzanne Cunningham
    Posted at 15:01h, 03 October Reply

    I pledge!
    I also pledge to carry in my bag a small cloth napkin.
    I also pledge to support companies who replace paper products with hemp. Save the trees!

  • Eerin Marshall
    Posted at 15:02h, 03 October Reply

    Already done permanently! Thanks for spreading awareness! People need to feel they can say “no straw thank you!”

  • Mariam Suliman
    Posted at 15:03h, 03 October Reply

    Love this , I鈥檝e been trying to cut down on all types of plastic including straws for a while now. Perfect if others followed suit.

  • Ali leech
    Posted at 15:03h, 03 October Reply

    Consider where you are finding this waste…

  • Kate skjesland
    Posted at 15:04h, 03 October Reply

    I wash them and reuse them.

  • Michelle Jilk
    Posted at 15:05h, 03 October Reply

    Count me in! I am in europe for a month and am disappointed in how many people use plastic single use water bottles instead of refilling and reusing. I already dont use plastic straws but appreciate the challenge. We are all sharing our planet and need to do our part to take care of it 馃實馃寧馃審馃挆 thanks for spreading the word

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