Straw Forward Project
Plastic straws. Convenient, ever-present, handed out like Halloween candy — and not able to be recycled. The most recent estimates say that in the United States alone, hundreds of millions of plastic straws are disposed of each and every day (according to the Plastic Pollution Coalition). This ever-replenished army of plastic straws fills our landfills, pollutes our waterways, and is a threat to wildlife.
The issue of single use plastic waste is getting more attention recently, like in these stories from the Tribune Review and NPR. McDonald’s, which distributes an estimated 95 million single-use straws around the world every day, announced it will stop using plastic straws in the UK; and Hilton pledged to eliminate plastic straws from 650 hotels it manages directly around the world.