Stop Sucking

created by  Publicis  Argentina for Nestea. The campaign’s slogan was “Eres lo que tomas,” or “You are what you drink.”

created by Publicis Argentina for Nestea. The campaign’s slogan was “Eres lo que tomas,” or “You are what you drink.”

 Happy Green Tip Tuesday everyone and how are we all doing this week? The longest (and hottest) days of the year are almost behind us and we are one week closer to winter. Thank Ullr. Jumping right into things, this week we’re covering a familiar topic in a new way. I recently stumbled upon something called the Strawless Ocean Campaign, a campaign focused on reducing ones use of plastics, specifically plastic straws. It is also backed by Adrian Grenier, from Entourage, and some movies. Anyway, I’ve been looking for ways to reduce the amount of single use plastic that I use, so I figure we’ll delve into this to start the week.

 I know what you’re thinking “C’mon man, straws? That’s it? That’s not very interesting.” Well I’ll tell YOU what’s interesting about plastic straws and human consumption habits. Everyday, over 500 million plastic straws are used and disposed of. Every single day. 500 million. And that’s just the U.S. alone. Most of this single use plastic will eventually end up in our oceans, caught up in currents like the Pacific Gyre, marine ecosystems, and eventually into the animals we eat. As the Strawless Ocean campaign boasts, “by 2050 plastics in the ocean will outweigh the fish.” That’s pretty gross. Like real gross. Humanity relies on the health of our oceans as a food source, weather regulator, carbon sink, and never ending provider of exploration and adventure and it’s imperative we make daily actions that reflect its importance.

 So, what can you do? Go visit the Strawless Ocean campaign’s website, check it out and take action. Make a conscious effort to avoid using plastic straws. Drink that ice coffee living your life on the edge, strawless. Ice water at a restaurant? Pfftt, no thanks! Let’s make plastic straws a thing of the past and let that liquid flow out of your drinking apparatus and directly into your mouth. Straws are pretty over rated anyway. So 1950’s.

 This kind of mentality should really be held for much more than just plastic straws. Really, it applies to all sorts of single use plastics. You know, the water bottle you buy at the campus store (or to the right), or the coffee cup on your way to work, down the snack wrappers and even utensils you may use throughout your average day. Many of these sorts of plastics can be nipped in the bud, just by investing in things like reusable water bottles, reusable food containers, and packing your own lunch and snacks before you leave the house.

 Before we go our separate ways for the week I just want to address the title of this article. Don’t worry none of you guys suck, “Stop Sucking” the campaign slogan for Strawless Ocean (get it?). You guys are all super rad, the raddest, the most rad of them all. Anyway, this week let’s try and do a good job of going strawless and drinking like regular earthly beings should. Good week to all!