Fighting for Trash Free Seas®

Ending the flow of trash at the source

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.

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. These are some of the establishments that have already decided to skip the straw!
  • 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

“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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