Last Plastic Straw

The Last Plastic Straw

  • Over 5,000,000 plastic straws are used each day in the United States.
  • In only the past 20 years, people have come to expect plastic straws in every drink, in an example of extreme waste being generated for minimal convenience.
  • These short-lived tools are usually dropped into a garbage can with no further thought, instantly becoming a source of plastic pollution.
  • The Last Plastic Straw initiative seeks to activate citizens through a grassroots campaign to encourage individuals to push for change in restaurant protocol and practices in their local communities around the world.

Take Personal Action

Stage 1:  Go Plastic Straw Free

  • Make a personal commitment to say “no” to plastic straws.  
  • Whenever ordering a drink, politely request “no straw, please.”  
  • Encourage your friends and family to take the pledge too!  
  • Use your own paper, glass, bamboo, or stainless steel straw instead, and start a conversation.
  • ACTION:  Take the No Plastic Straw Pledge”.

Stage 2:  Influence Businesses to Offer Straws Upon Request

  • Reach out to some local eateries in your neighborhood or town and ask them to change their protocol to only serve straws upon request.  
  • ACTION:  Print and leave these Please Serve Straws Upon Request cards with your bill!

Stage 3:  Influence Businesses to Offer Non-Plastic Straw Options

  • Encourage those eateries to make a change to non-plastic straw options
  • Options include paper, glass, or stainless steel – if diners do request a straw.  
  • ACTION:  Have these businesses sign the The Last Plastic Straw Business Pledge”.

The Dolphin Quest Connection

  • Dolphin Quest has encouraged all Crew Members to take the “No Plastic Straw Pledge”.
  • Dolphin Quest has encouraged its partners to “serve straws upon request”.
  • Dolphin Quest has encouraged its partners to offer “non-plastic straw options”.