Freeport, Illinois — Nope, that’s it. We’re drawing the line right here. We’ve had enough and this is the last straw for us. That’s what one local group in Freeport has suggested recently, to all of our local restaurants anyway.
They say, “No more straws”.
The local effort called ‘Be The Change’ has started a quest to reduce our environmental impact by making one small change in our community. A change that as they say, could divert millions of pieces of plastic from being wasted in our community.
What the group is asking is that all local establishments be willing to make one small change and ditch the normal habit of including plastic straws with every drink.
“Banning the plastic straw, in all honesty, would be the absolute best scenario to cut this senseless waste stream out completely but we also get change can be tough.. uncomfortable.. and can take time”, the group says.
“Not only is it an easy solution to senseless waste polluting our community but it will save your business some cash by no longer having to fund a completely unnecessary expense.”
Getting rid of straws has made some national news recently also.
In January a bill proposed in California would make it illegal for restaurant servers to give guests plastic straws unless requested — with the threat of a $1,000 fine or jail time attached, USA Today reported.
There’s even a website completely devoted to ridding the world of straws. Their mission is to educate the public about the absurdity of single use plastic, its effects on our health, our environment, and our oceans.
“Plastic straws suck for the environment so let’s stop sucking so much”, Be The Change suggests. The group says many customers don’t even use their straw and that they remove it from their drink as soon as their drink arrives.
In addition to ridding the port of straws, the group will be holding a ‘Be The Change’ launch party to kickoff their 2018 litter cleaning season. The event will be held on March 10th from 6 – 10 p.m. at The Wagner House located at 1 E Spring St, Freeport. The event is by donation only (free to attend).
They will also hold their annual Superhero Cleanup on Saturday April 28.
So what do you think?
Should Freeport stop sucking so much? Will your restaurant vow to rid itself of the habit of including straws with every drink?
Feel free to chime in your thoughts.