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Town launching “Stop the Straw”

Post  Betep on Sun Mar 04, 2018 3:37 am

Town launching “Stop the Straw”

Feb. 22, 2018) The nonprofit Ocean Conservancy estimates that more than 500 million straws are used daily in the United States, then discarded, with many ending up in the oceans.

On Nantucket, that translates to approximately 3 million straws in July and August alone, selectman Rita Higgins said.

According to the World Economic Forum, 80 percent of ocean debris is land-based, and 80 to 90 percent of that debris is plastic. If no measures are taken, by 2050 there will be more plastic in the ocean than sea life, it predicts.

Starting tomorrow – National Skip the Straw Day – the town is hoping to do something about it.

In cooperation with the Maria Mitchell Association and ReMain Nantucket, it is launching Stop the Straw, which hopes to reduce unnecessary waste and protect the oceans from plastic pollution by asking businesses and restaurants to provide straws and cocktail stirrers only when asked or get rid of them completely, or replace them with compostable paper straws or reusable options.

To read the complete story, pick up the print edition of this week’s Inquirer and Mirror or register for the I&M’s online edition by clicking here.
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STOP IT! smiley-angry021 Just stop it! There are 300 million people in the US. No way are 500 million straws being used daily. Stop it.

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