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Strawless Pacific, an initiative of the Pacific Islands Development Forum’s, #MyOceanMatters campaign, seeks to add momentum to Pacific efforts, so plastic straws become a relic of the past. In the short term, we work with our members, partners and most importantly you to encourage eateries and supermarkets to no longer automatically give plastic straws; we educate individuals to refuse plastic straws and spread the “straw free” message; and we work to change local regulation to stop this unnecessary plastic pollution.
In the long run, this collective engagement around the gateway issue of plastic straws will meaningfully shift the way individuals and businesses think about plastic pollution – and about our society’s disposable culture on a larger scale.
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! You’ve got more power than you think. Want to take your impact even further? Use your own paper, glass, bamboo, or stainless steel straw instead. It all starts with us individuals to make that difference.
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