two plastic forks. one plastic water bottle. et al. taken while running through the Marina.
“Storm Drains Flow to the Bay”
According to Be Straw Free, a non-profit started by a fourth grader who decided to stop using plastic straws, approximately 500 million disposable plastic straws are used in the US everyday. This is approximately 1.6 straws per person per day.
These plastic straws are ending up in storm drains and in our oceans! And as stated in an earlier post, plastic straws are one of the top TEN things picked up at beach cleanups (According to Ocean Conservancy).
Here’s a goal for you:
CHALLENGE YOURSELF TO USE NO PLASTIC STRAWS THIS WEEKEND
(it’s difficult, i can tell you that much).
According to the Ocean Conservancy, plastic straws make up approximately 4% of beach litter and over the last 25 years, over 6.2 million plastic straws have been picked up during International Beach Cleanup Day, a day designated to cleaning beaches all over the world. Ocean Conservancy collects information on the type and quantity of debris on our beaches!
FYI. International Beach Cleanup Day is this SATURDAY. If you live in SF, come out to Ocean Beach for the cleanup at 9AM at Judah. Or find a cleanup in your town at: http://www.signuptocleanup.org/