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Skip the Straw

The average person uses 1.6 straws per day. It’s no wonder they’re among the top ten items collected every year during Ocean Conservancy’s International Coastal Cleanup. In fact, volunteers have picked up more than 9 million straws and stirrers from beaches and waterways over the 30+ year history of the International Coastal Cleanup!

Unfortunately, many more continue to make their way into our ocean, where they pose a real danger to sea turtles, albatross, fish and other ocean wildlife.

You Can Take Action

Skip the Straw

What makes plastic straws unique is that for the vast majority of people they are not necessary. What’s more, sustainable, ocean-friendly alternatives are available.

If you don’t need to drink using a straw, commit to skipping the straw and add your voice to the sea of people taking a stand for the ocean. Sign the pledge now and when offered a straw, simply say “no thanks.”’ It is a small step that goes a long way for ocean health.

Take the Pledge

And you don’t have to stop there. Ocean Conservancy has developed materials that you can use to encourage others to join the movement, too:

  • Ask your local eateries to not automatically serve plastic straws with beverages. Instead, they can serve them upon request. Here’s a letter you can use when approaching restaurants and other businesses.
  • Show your pride with “iSkip the Straw”. Tell others to do the same! Be sure to snap a selfie without a straw and use #skipthestraw to @OurOcean!
  • Have a local business on board? Tell us about it and we’ll send a “WeSkip the Straw” window decal for businesses to show that they are part of the ocean-trash solution.
  • To request outreach items or ask a question, please contact

Who is Skipping the Straw

From cleanup organizers and volunteers to sea turtle conservation groups and schools, we’re collaborating with people who care about making a difference and are taking action every day to help their communities reduce single-use plastic. For more on their stories, check out the blogs listed below.

Ocean Conservancy would like to thank the following establishments for choosing plastic disposable straw alternatives or skipping the straw altogether in their daily practices:

Colony Grill, Stamford CT • Banana Boat, Boynton Beach, FL • Jacksonville University, Jacksonville, FL • University of North Florida, Jacksonville, FL • Green Turtle Inn, lslamorada, FL • Quarterdeck Restaurant, Dania, FL • Cactus Flower Cafe, Navarre, FL • The Slippery Mermaid, Navarre, FL • Windjammers on the Pier, Navarre Beach, FL • Mar Vista Dockside Restaurant, North Longboat Key, FL • Beach House Restaurant , Bradenton Beach, FL • Sandbar Restaurant, Anna Maria Island, FL • DePalmas, Athens, GA • The Grill, Athens, GA • Hilltop Grill, Athens, GA • Loco’s, Athens, GA • The National, Athens, GA • The Table, Athens, GA • Home.Made, Athens, GA • Panini’s Bar & Grill, Cleveland, OH • Gritty’s, Portland, ME • Captain Buck’s Port, Conway, SC • Ocean Eddie’s Seafood Restaurant, Virginia Beach, VA•Stripes Pub & Grill, Navarre, FL • Nollies Taco Joint, Carolina Beach, NC • The Chocolate Avenue Grill, Hershey, PA • Smoked Bar & Grill, Hershey, PA • Cafe Magnolia, Mechanicsburg, PA • South Philly Hoagies, Harrisburg, PA • Blue Water Cafe, Vancouver, Canada • All Pier 39 Restaurants, San Francisco, CA: Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. Restaurant & Market, Chart House, Crab House, Eagle Cafe, Fog Harbor Fish House, Hana Zen Japanese Grill, Hard Rock Cafe San Francisco, Players Sports Grill & Arcade, Players Sports Grill & Arcade • Luau Lounge, Swiss Louis Italian & Seafood Restaurant, Wipeout Bar & Grill • Waterline Marina Resort & Beach Club, Holmes Beach, FL • Blue Water Grill & Raw Bar, Outer Banks, NC • Blue Moon Beach Grill, Outer Banks, NC • Portsmouth Harbor Cruises, Portsmouth, NH • North Beach Bar & Grill, Tybee Island, GA • The Deck Beach Bar and Kitchen, Tybee Island, GA • Salt Island Fish & Beer Co., Tybee Island, GA • CoCo’s Sunset Grille, Tybee Island, GA • R. F. O’Sullivan & Son, Somerville, MA • Tidal Creek Co-op, Wilmington, NC • Dry Dock Waterfront Grill, Longboat Key, FL • Red Mill Burgers, Seattle, WA • River Rocks Restaurant, Rockledge, FL • Kitchen Outfitters, Acton, MA • Moon River Brewing Company, Savannah, GA • Cooper’s Seafood House, Scranton, PA • Café Magnolia, Mechanicsburg, PA • Old Stone Steakhouse, Belmont, NC • F. O’Sullivan & Son, Somerville, MA • Tidal Creek Co-op, Wilmington, NC • DryDock Waterfront Grill, Longboat Key, FL • Farm Boy, Ontario, Canada • Pub W, Oklahoma City, OK • Noodles, Northampton, MA • All Margaritaville establishments, FL


“I wanted the Skip the Straw campaign to be implemented on campus because it is the perfect environment to expose the idea to a niche of specific people.”

Sam Huskey
Community Outreach Committee Leader

Read more about Sam Huskey’s story of skipping the straw at University of North Carolina–Wilmington’s, Plastic Ocean Project (UNCW-POP).


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