Be like Artlab T-Shirts and Graphic Services and Skip the Straw. Plastic straws are one of the most discarded single use plastics today and it can be so easy to change this fact. Do you really need that straw? You wouldn’t dispose of your plastic straw by throwing it into your neighbors front yard, and yet volunteers have picked up more than 9 million straws and stirrers from beaches and waterways over the 30+ year history of the International Coastal Cleanup.

ArtLab says Skip the Straw and avoid plastic ocean pollution

Plastic Straws are among the top ten most common single use plastics found discarded on beaches around the world.

It’s no wonder they’re among the top ten items collected every year. This small, everyday item is clogging our ocean and posing a huge threat to the animals that call it home. At ArtLab we say to Skip the Straw and help keep plastic pollution away from our beaches and ocean.

ArtLab says Skip the Straw and avoid plastic ocean pollution

This whale died because it could not digest all of the plastic it scooped up while feeding.

What makes plastic straws unique is that for the vast majority of people they are not necessary. What’s more: sustainable, ocean-friendly alternatives are available.

Saying NO to the straw is an easy way that you can prevent increased ocean pollution. If you don’t need to drink using a straw, commit to a more sustainable alternative and skip the straw. Add your voice to the sea of people taking a stand for the ocean.  When offered a straw, simply say “no thanks.” Skipping the plastic straw can further inspire you to make other changes in your everyday life, from remembering the reusable shopping bag to packing reusable utensils and more. Stop by ArtLab today and ask for a free re-usable grocery tote, it’s a good way to start.

Skip the Straw, this one simple change will protect vulnerable species like sea turtles, seals, sea otters and more who are directly impacted and endangered by the onslaught of ocean trash.

ArtLab says Skip the Straw and avoid plastic ocean pollution

This poor creature had a straw stuck in his nostril that had to be removed to save him.

We are all responsible for the ever-growing tide of pollution in our ocean. It will take all of us working together, day in and day out, to stop it. Start today and skip the straw, and while you are at it start looking to rid your life of all single use plastics.

Thank you for all the ways—big and small—in which you lead the way in saving our ocean’s waters, coastlines and precious wildlife. ArtLab loves our ocean and beaches and we urge you to Recycle, RePurpose and ReUse. Let’s keep our seas clean for all to enjoy.