Plastics that end up in the ocean can trap, choke, and poison marine life, and plastic that gets used today can last for hundreds of years. We know that plastic straws are just one part of the picture (and that some people need them) but we’re trying to cut back single-use plastics when we don’t need them.
It’s true, Omaha’s a good thousand miles from the coast. But the Missouri River lives right in our backyard! It’s a major tributary of the Mississippi, which funnels right into the Gulf of Mexico. Our watershed, like many around the world, carries plastic debris and city pollution directly to the ocean.
Join us in our effort to reverse our world’s throw-away mindset. We can all help save our ocean animals by using less. Pledge today to use one less plastic straw this week!
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Plastic straws are part of the plastic problem filling up our oceans. Animals that live in the ocean eat that plastic, mistaking it for food, and are hurt or can die. We’re switching to paper straws and using less so that we can do our part to help ocean animals. Reducing straw use is just one way we can cut down on plastics.
Omaha is situated on the banks of the Missouri River, which feeds into the Mississippi, and from there, to the Gulf of Mexico. Plastic that is dropped into rivers or streams here only needs one week to reach the Atlantic ocean. Watersheds all across the Midwest connect us to the ocean.
Yes, but because straws are so lightweight, they often slip through screens in a recycling sorter. When this happens, they are disposed as garbage.