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A few weeks ago we decided to skip the straw in our drinks at Black Flamingo.

And if you wonder why, here are a few facts that you should know: 

  • We use over 500 millions straws everyday in the US 
  • By the year 2050 there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish
  • Plastic straws are too lightweight to make it through the mechanical recycling sorter.
  • Straws are among the top 10 items found during the beach clean ups and can do so much harm to seabirds, turtles and other marine creatures. 
  • 71% of seabirds and 30% of turtles have been found with plastics in their stomachs. 

Straws get used for only a few minutes, but potentially last for hundreds of years in the ocean, so it's time to make a smart move and change our bad habits.

Some cities, including Seattle and Malibu have already banned them. In NYC, Councilman Rafael L. Espinal Jr., wants to introduce a bill that would prevent restaurants in all five of the city's boroughs from providing plastic straws to customers. The bill would require that all establishments that serve food or drinks to phase out plastic straws by 2020.

We don't need to wait for the bill to stop using straws. Until then we can act and ask our local eateries to not automatically serve plastic straws with beverages, as recommend the "Skip the Sraw" pledge. Simply say “no thanks.”’ It is a small step that goes a long way for ocean health.

We thought it could be useful to spread the word as well and asked a few people in the music and night community, to join the #stopsucking movement, initiated by Follow the lauching on our Instagram tomorrow. 




bryce david