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Seattle is going strawless to save the oceans. Is your city next?


Actor Adrian Grenier wants everyone to "stop sucking" on plastic straws.

He's one of the co-founders of the Lonely Whale Foundation.

According to the organization's website, Americans use 500 million plastic straws every single day, and most of them end up as trash in the ocean, causing pollution and harming sea life.

They predict that unless something drastic is done soon, by 2050, the plastic in the ocean will outweigh the fish.

“Compostable piece of plastic that ends up in the landfill will act just like plastic and it will not biodegrade. Compostable piece of plastic that ends up in the ocean will act just like plastic and will end up in fish. So the only real marine friendly option is paper.” -Adrian Grenier, Co-Founder of the Lonely Whale Foundation

Seattle is the first of ten cities where the group plans to launch a social media campaign to dump plastic straws in favor of marine-degradable straws, most of which are made of paper.

“This is officially the launch of it. So I think it's only gonna get much bigger. Hopefully the world is watching. The United States is certainly seeing what Seattle is doing. And other cities will follow into step soon," he told KOMO news.

The city of Seattle has been a leader in environmental activism for a long time. It was almost 10 years ago that they passed a law requiring all food service businesses to use recyclable or compostable packaging alternatives for all “disposable food service items such as containers, cups, and other products.”

According to Waste360, all the city’s food vendors are set to replace disposable plastic straws and cutlery with compostable or recyclable options by July 2018.

To find out more about the campaign and how you can help, head over to strawlessoceans.com and take the #stopsucking challenge.

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