The best straw is no straw at all! Most of us don’t need them. Plastic straws make up a significant portion of the plastic pollution in our waterways and natural areas, where they pose a threat to wildlife. Even if they are properly disposed of, plastic straws never go away; they are not recyclable and do not decompose. This season, the Allen County Department of Environmental Management is asking you to say “No straw, please” when you go out for a beverage.
Look for our PSA to air on TV and social media around Earth Day for a fun look at how our local wildlife might react to plastic straws.
For those in the food service industry, local company Aardvark Straws will donate a restaurant pack of paper straws to try out for those who request them. Just give us a call at 449-7879 for yours!
Individuals who would like to pledge to stop using plastic straws can find us out and about at events all spring and summer. We have reusable stainless steel straws for those who would like them while supplies last and a cool way to document your commitment in our photo booth. Some of the locations scheduled are here:
- April 20 3 Rivers Food Coop screening of the movie Reuse! Because You Can’t Recycle the Planet
- April 22 Earth Day at Eagle Marsh
- May 5 Fort Wayne Farmers Market
- July 26 Lunch on the Square
- Oct 6 Veg N Brew Fest