Hold the Straw

marine debris, plastics, emissions
Worldwide
Straw No More
Supported by Straw No More
Hold the Straw
Citizens Goal: 2,500
2,069Joined

90 days to go

Ends Wed 1 Jan 2020, 12:00 am GBRT
(Great Barrier Reef Time)

  • United we are saving

    1.34m straws

    from oceans and landfill
    Considering an average of 8 × straws saved per Citizen per week
  • We can reallocate

    602.4kg

    CO2
    The average amount of CO2 used to create and transport 1.34m straws
  • We can redistribute

    9.7MWh

    Energy
    The average amount of raw energy used to create and transport 1.34m straws
Straw No More
Straw No More
Challenging schools, individuals and communities to quit plastic straws for good
Australia

Challenge checklist

  1. Ask for no straw – if you ask you shall not receive!
  2. Carry a reusable straw – bamboo, paper, metal, there's plenty of choice
  3. Ask your local cafe, bar or restaurant to go plastic-straw free (and let us know if you’re successful!)
  4. Get your friends, relatives, school or workplace to join in – when we work together everything is possible
  5. #holdthestraw – sharing is caring

Say NO thanks to plastic straws
#holdthestraw

The issue

Used for minutes, lasts for centuries - the humble plastic straw has become a scourge on our environment. We’ve all seen that video of the plastic straw stuck in a sea turtle’s nose or the plastic island in the middle of the ocean. Well not only do plastic straws directly impact marine life, their production releases billions of kgs of CO2 into the atmosphere every year. This fuels climate change, the Reef’s biggest threat - so let’s ditch them forever.

The big picture

In the USA alone, 500 million plastic straws are consumed daily, releasing over 219 billion kgs of CO2 into the atmosphere every year - and that’s just one country.

Plastics: the Reef triple-threat

  • Marine pollution: marine life is killed by entanglement or ingesting plastic pieces
  • Climate change: its energy intensive production generates climate-warming emissions
  • Disease: coral-destroying diseases embedded in plastic are carried across the ocean

Our impact

While ditching the straw in your daily smoothie might not seem like much, imagine the collective impact of thousands of Citizens uniting across the planet! The momentum is building and businesses around the world are already committing to a straw-free future, including over 50 boat operators in the Great Barrier Reef! Let’s send a clear message to decision makers - join the plastic revolution or get left behind.

Spread the word

We would love to see what you’re doing, so don’t forget to #citizensGBR and #uniteforthereef alongside the snaps of your cool new paper sipping device! Posting about your efforts isn't bragging – you’re helping to grow our community and champion positive impact for the Reef.

With more support we can have a bigger impact

2,069citizens
250citizens
500citizens
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5,000citizens
  • United we are saving

    1.34m straws

    from oceans and landfill
    Considering an average of 8 × straws saved per Citizen per week
  • We can reallocate

    602.4kg

    CO2
    The average amount of CO2 used to create and transport 1.34m straws
  • We can redistribute

    9.7MWh

    Energy
    The average amount of raw energy used to create and transport 1.34m straws
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