Back to the Challenge
Now that you get the general idea (PLASTIC STRAWS ARE TERRIBLE), it's time for the challenge. For the month of June, I challenge you to say no to the plastic straw. Period. It's as simple as that. Well, it should be.
Many people use straws to protect their teeth, to stir their cocktails, etc. and I fully support that! Which makes the choice simple:
buy a reusable straw or simply say no.
This means not taking one at Wawa, Dunkin' Donuts, Starbucks, the movie theater. It means when you order a cocktail at your local bar, a glass of water, an iced tea, say "with no straw, please." I guarantee you that 99% of the time you order a drink at any of these places, you will automatically receive a pre-opened straw. Saying no to the straw starts a conversation, it gets people thinking, whether they realize it or not.
What to Look For in Reusable Straws
I absolutely LOVE my Simply Straw straws! They are a B Certified corporation*, mother-daughter duo, and member of 1% For the Planet. They not only sell reusable straws, but reusable straw sleeves made of fair-trade hemp, flax, and organic cotton. Their packaging materials are fully compostable and all of their web hosting and printing is powered by eco energy (did you even know that was a thing?! I certainly didn't.)
I hope you'll join me on the first Conscious Living challenge this June! Let me know in the Facebook group how many times you've had to say "no thank you" to a straw.
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*"Certified B Corporations are businesses that meet the highest standards of verified social and environmental performance, public transparency, and legal accountability to balance profit and purpose. B Corps are accelerating a global culture shift to redefine success in business and build a more inclusive and sustainable economy." (bcorporation.net)
Jamie is a musician, avid lover of nature, and a dog momma living a more sustainable life each and every day.