On “No Straw November,” the Texas State Aquarium Joins Campaign to Reduce Single-Use Plastic Straws

November 1, 2018

CORPUS CHRISTI, TX – To kick off “No Straw November,” the Texas State Aquarium has joined the Aquarium Conservation Partnership’s “First Step” initiative to reduce the use of single-use plastic straws among its guests and partnering businesses.  

The Texas State Aquarium has eliminated plastic straws and other single-use plastics from its operations for several years, and is encouraging its guests and local Coastal Bend businesses to follow its lead and choose alternatives to single-use plastic straws. This simple action, the Aquarium says, can make a big difference in reducing plastic pollution, improving ocean and freshwater ecosystems and creating a safer environment for countless wildlife in the Gulf of Mexico, the Caribbean and beyond.

The initiative is designed to help protect ocean and freshwater ecosystems and the animals that live in them by highlighting the dangers single-use plastic straws pose to aquatic life. Approximately 8.8 million tons of plastic enters the ocean from land each year, which equals one dump truck full of plastic per minute – and plastic straws are among the most common types of litter picked up during beach cleanups. Plastic straws do not biodegrade naturally in the environment and are nearly impossible to recycle. That means nearly every plastic straw ever used on the planet still exists, although they may have broken up into smaller pieces of plastic.

“Many of our guests and supporters aren’t aware of the harmful effects of plastic pollution. Others may know about plastic pollution, but aren’t sure what they can do to make a difference,” said Leslie Peart, the Aquarium’s Vice President for Education and Conservation. “Through this campaign, we hope to show thousands that one simple step – ditching plastic straws when you don’t need them – can make a big impact.”

To spread this message and promote public awareness of plastic straws, the Aquarium and the 21 other institutions in the Aquarium Conservation Partnership will share information about plastic straws and how their guests and other members of the public can make more eco-friendly choices through mid-2019. Texas State Aquarium guests and other supporters will receive messages on reducing plastic straws via email and social media and can opt into a seven-day plastic-free challenge, where they’ll get daily tips to stay motivated on their plastic free journey. To begin the challenge, members of the public can text “PLASTIC” to 49767.

While plastic straws represent one aspect of plastic pollution, representatives of the Texas State Aquarium says eliminating straws is an important “first step” to beginning to tackle the global issue of plastic pollution.

“There are simple actions we can take to help create a better world for wildlife and future and current generations,” said Peart. “And every tiny change is a step in the right direction.”

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