Earth Day-The Last Straw?

by Stephanie Maloney

My hat’s off to the “Green People” that go to great lengths to conserve and recycle almost everything possible in very creative ways.  I never knew about the straws.

A piece by Renee Lynch in the LA Times reporting that Americans use 500 million plastic straws a day got my attention. This information came from “Strawless Oceans”, an advocacy group targeting the problem with support from people such as Martha Stewart, Adrian Grenier, and Ellen Pompeo. They gratefully accept donations but they also offer some ideas about things you can actually do to feel like you’re making a difference, even if it’s one last straw at a time.

Here are a few of the ideas you can look at for addressing the problem in new and different ways.

Skip plastic straws when not at home by telling the server upfront before they bring the water.

Reach for the compostable paper straws wherever available.

You can also get a set of reusable straws that are stainless steel and dishwasher safe. Yes, one of the kids reminded me it was Earth Day and shame on me.