Taking the Pledge for One Less Straw
August 25, 2016
Mission Blue is proud to partner with One More Generation!
Did you know that in America, we are using an estimated 500,000,000 plastic straws every single day? That is like 1.6 straws for every man, woman and child living in this country… every single day. If you were to take an entire day’s worth of plastic straws we use in one day, it would fill up over 127 school busses. That is like over 46,400 school buses full of one-time use plastic straws that are ending up in our landfills and waterways. Sick isn’t it?
This inspired 13-year-old Olivia and her 15-year-old brother Carter to launch the global “OneLessStraw Pledge Campaign” this fall. Olivia and Carter realized reducing our plastic footprint could be very easy to do; we just need to say ‘NO‘ to single-use plastics such as straws. The campaign has three phases, outlined below:
The first phase started in early August where we reached out to organizations around the world seeking partners for the campaign (Mission Blue is proud to be one of the partners). All partners will have their logo and a direct website link listed on the Partners Page.
We are also sending out emails to all the school superintendents across the country with information on the campaign and asking that they allow their entire school district to get involved. If you have a school/district you would like to speak with about taking the pledge, please email us and we will help you work out the details. If your organization would like to be listed as a partner, email us your logo and the website link you want associated with the logo.
The second phase begins in September when we will follow up with the school superintendents and also ask schools across the nation, and in other select countries, to have their students participate in the program by signing the pledge promising not to use a single plastic straw during the month of October.
We are asking the students to get at least one family member to do the same. The pledge asks the participants to commit to a dollar amount (i.e. .50-cents or $1.00) they promise to pay for every time they forget to refuse a straw. All funds collected by the students goes to their schoolto bring in more environmental education programs.
We are also asking the students to seek out at least one restaurant in their community and ask them to sign a pledge stating they promise not to hand out straws during the entire month of October, unless requested by the customer.
The third phase happens in October when we will ask the students and their families to ensure getting in the habit of saying “No” to plastic straws for the entire month. Students will also have the opportunity to upload pictures of themselves and their families refusing a straw or even taking pictures of servers wearing our campaign buttons.
We will be hosting a raffle with cool prizes. Every pledge submitted is linked to the person’s name so the more pledges (either Individual, Business or School) the students get, the better their chances of winning a prize.
The OneLessStraw.org website is now live and has lots of resources and an interactive map which will track the progress of the campaign around the country and even around the world.
The very first restaurant to join the campaign was North Beach Bar and Grill in Tybee Island, Georgia, and they are already reporting their staff loves the idea and their customers are gladly participating. Check out the testimonial they sent us below.
Message from Kathryn Williams:
The pins are a hit! Thank you again for including us in this project. Progress is being made – I had lunch with 7 people today at the Grill. Only 1 of the 8 asked for a straw and was then shamed by the rest of the group:)
Thank you in advance for helping us make sure this campaign is a huge success by sharing it with everyone you know. Please be sure to email us your signed pledge form today.
“Remember, anybody can make a difference… if we can, you can too.”