It is estimated that over 500-million single use plastic straws are used every single day in America alone and most never get recycled. That is enough straws to fill over 127 school busses worth of disposable straws everyday. Straws are too small and therefore deemed no longer cost effective to recycle so 100% of all the straws used end up in our environment where it will sit for hundreds of years or even worse, be ingested by animals. That is why we created our global OneLessStraw Pledge Campaign.
The OneLessStraw Pledge Campaign asks people to sign a pledge that they promise to go strawless for 30-days. We also have a school component built in that allows teachers to share the infographic with students and allow the students to take the pledge as well. We also have a restaurant component included that asks restaurants to "Only Serve Straws Upon Request". We give FREE Campaign Buttons to participating restaurants.
The implementation of our global campaign is easy. We have set up various online options that allow anyone or any business or educational facility to sign up for free and we share all participants via our social media sites with direct links back tho the participants website.
We offer FREE Campaign Buttons to restaurants, which all servers wear, that advertises the businesses efforts to be more sustainable. Participating restaurants have already reported 70-80% reduction in single use plastic straws usage just by implementing the campaign and wearing the buttons. We already have the campaign buttons translated in eight different languages and we are adding more as needed.
We have also partnered with all the major organizations around the world already working on the reduction of plastic straw usage and share resources and support as needed. We are in the process of creating a global join database of all participants in the various campaigns so we can better gauge the successful impacts and reductions of straw usage globally.
Our approach is simple, education is the key to solving almost any problem, and our goal is to provide the educational resources and tools needed for people and businesses around the world to make the right decision. The OneLessStraw Pledge Campaign is easy, nonthreatening and produces immediate results.
By 2025, prevent and significantly reduce marine pollution of all kinds, in particular from land-based activities, including marine debris and nutrient pollution
Type of commitment
- Other (please specify): Voluntary Reduction through education
- Plastics product bans or restrictions :
- Plastics recovery/recycling/reuse:
By 2020, sustainably manage and protect marine and coastal ecosystems to avoid significant adverse impacts, including by strengthening their resilience, and take action for their restoration in order to achieve healthy and productive oceans
Type of commitment
- Other (please specify): Environmental Education
- It is estimated that the average person in the USA uses 1.6 straws every single day. Every person signing our pledge equates to 1.6 straws per day per person signing.
Increase scientific knowledge, develop research capacity and transfer marine technology, taking into account the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission Criteria and Guidelines on the Transfer of Marine Technology, in order to improve ocean health and to enhance the contribution of marine biodiversity to the development of developing countries, in particular small island developing States and least developed countries
Type of commitment
- Data access and sharing
- Training and professional development
- Scientific cooperation
- Actions that support SIDS and LDCs
To directly contribute to the reduction of thousands of straws around the world
To sign up 50 school districts and educate thousands of students
To collect thousands of signed pledges by World Oceans Day
To sign up hundreds of restaurants around the world