Plastic straws and stirrers are the seventh most commonly found items at beach cleanups.

Plastic straws are not biodegradable. Every plastic straw that was ever created is still around in some form. Plastic has a huge impact on our ecosystems, wildlife and people. It is a goal of the Newport Chapter of Surfrider Foundation to reduce the amount of plastic that ends up in the environment. We are happy to partner with the Oregon Coast Aquarium in these efforts.

How can you get involved?

  • Say “No straw, please” when ordering your drink.
  • Bring your own reusable straw.
  • Bonus points: Snap a photo of you and your friends refusing plastic single-use straws or using reusable straws. Post the photo to social media using #DitchTheStrawNewport.
  • Ask your favorite restaurant to only provide straws upon request–or to go plastic-straw free.
  • Write a Yelp review telling your favorite restaurant how much you appreciate their choosing to ditch the straw.
  • Volunteer with the Newport Chapter’s Ditch the Straw program.

How can businesses get involved?

Businesses offering straws only upon request have reduced straw consumption by 40 to 60 percent!

  1. Switch to providing straws only upon request.
  2. Use paper or reusable straws.

Surfrider can provide a special discount for participating paper straw brands to businesses that provide data on their change in straw use. Surfrider can also support your policy switch through staff training and educational materials and will recognize your amazing work on social media. Fill out this business inquiry form and we’ll get back to you on being involved with the program!

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