It’s no secret the earth’s oceans and waterways are in trouble. Pollution is harming the underwater landscapes, like coral reefs, and killing off marine life at an alarming rate. Unfortunately, there isn’t one issue causing this calamity, but many, like trash and plastic pollution.
We recently came across an educational resource distributed by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and what we learned was eye-opening to say the least.
Did you know…
- 90% of the trash in the ocean is made from plastic
- 500 million straws are used in the United States every day. EVERY DAY.
- Every year, the United States uses enough straws to wrap around the earth 2.5 times.
- Plastic breaks down into smaller pieces, but it never truly goes away or degrades.
- About 90% of seabirds and 30% of sea turtles have plastic in their stomachs.
Those are some scary statistics, but luckily, awareness and change is happening. Since we are located directly on the Dunedin waterfront, and we love our oceans and sea life, we knew it was time for us to say good-bye to plastic straws, too.
Effective immediately, we will no longer offer plastic straws to our guests. If you’d like a straw, we will have paper straws available upon request. In addition, we’ve also switched our to-go bags from plastic to paper, because every little bit helps.
We hope you’ll understand and support our decision. If you’d like to learn more, we encourage you to visit the Florida Department of Environmental Protection website and like us, take the Skip the Straw Pledge.