We can rally behind causes that make sense. Cleaning up our planet is something that we think is well worth the effort. This movement, a movement called Strawless Summer, is taking over Charleston, South Carolina right now. The local newspaper is pleading with beachgoers to skip straws while on the beach.
With hashtags like #stopsucking and #skipthestraw, we are ready to get behind the Strawless Summer movement. According to The Charleston City Paper, the Charleston Surfrider Foundation is at the front of Strawless Summer.
Last week I had the privilege of previewing @visslasurf new surf film #pedrosbay. The surfing was epic, the story compelling, but to be perfectly honest, it was the cinematography which really captured my imagination. Tonight is the world premiere of Pedro's Bay @theporttheater and in the spirit of #oceanawareness, @nashowe and I teamed up with @charlestonsurfrider to share a short message on how to be environmental warriors even at a surf movie premiere. We use over 500 million single-use plastic straws everyday and most eventually end up in the ocean. Next time you order that gin and tonic, rum and coke or even a glass of water, please #stopsucking and #skipthestraw to make this summer a #strawlesssummer …or if you run into @cevans999 tonight, ask him about his new set of reusable straws!
In Charleston County, straws aren’t recyclable. That being said, there’s a large amount of straws that wind up becoming litter. In just one hour, members of the Charleston Surfrider Foundation found 300 straws on Folly Beach.
For some more numbers, the Foundation figured out that each person uses 1.6 straws per day. In Charleston County alone, that totals 634,000 straws. We can’t imagine finding 20 straws in one day, let alone 300. When you look at the total in Charleston County, though, things start to make sense.
Did you know Americans use 500 million plastic straws a day? Join me to make a difference this World Oceans' Month and experience a @tedxcharleston idea in action. We'll sweep Folly Beach on June 15 to experience first-hand the ocean plastic pollution impact on our local beaches and collect data for the @surfrider Charleston Chapter, then head to a local Folly restaurant at the cleanup's conclusion. Check out the @tedxcharleston Facebook page for details. #kickplastic #StrawlessSummer #plasticfreelowcountry #100daysofblue @5gyres @costasunglasses @lonelywhale @noplasticstraws
Sense is what the Strawless Summer movement is all about. Charleston itself thrives on the niceties of life. Cocktails and other beverages are a ritualized, daily practice. That being said, The Charleston chapter of the Surfrider Foundation doesn’t want people to stop drinking cocktails. That makes no sense.
What they want, however, is for people to #stopsucking. By sipping instead of sucking, the amount of pollution that lands on the beaches and, eventually, the oceans can be cut down drastically.
One Charleston restaurant has taken the message of protecting the ocean to a new level. They now include a note on their menu:
“We care about our oceans. Straws are by request.”
We can get on board with this. Straws are OK, but we’d rather see our oceans flourish. And when it comes to cocktails, we won’t miss the straws. We’ll be sipping oceanside all summer long. Don’t forget: #stopsucking.