Charleston's Strawless Summer is Back

Straws are a non-recyclable plastic and they're filling up our landfills and oceans. Take the pledge to go strawless this summer.

Last year, the Charleston Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation and the U.S. Bartenders Guild launched the Strawless Summer campaign. This year, it’s back for round two.

Straws are single-use plastics, which means that they cannot be recycled. Every straw ever used is sitting somewhere in a landfill, or worse, in an ocean. It takes thousands of years for them to biodegrade.

On average, people use three straws per day. If you multiply that by the number of people in Charleston County, then approximately 600,000 straws are being used and thrown away, every day.

What can I do?

If you’re offered a straw at a bar or restaurant, politely decline. The campaign encourages restaurants across the Lowcounty to provide straws only upon request, and it empowers consumers to skip the straw completely.

Some area restaurants have already switched to paper straws. They’re cute, but we’ve all experienced that mushy, soft, peeling mess. But, it’s still better to use 3 paper straws than one plastic straw.

What if I’ve gotta have my straw?

Bring your own. You can purchase a stainless steel straw here from Healthy Human, inc. And, you get bonus point for supporting a local company.

These dishwasher-safe straws will also help you give back. Healthy Human, inc. has partnered with the Charleston Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation and will give 50% of its proceeds from stainless steel straw sales and 15% of proceeds from all other stainless steel sales to the Strawless Summer campaign. Use the code SURFRIDER at checkout to support the cause. 

When does this campaign run?

The campaign launches on Memorial Day weekend and runs through Labor Day weekend. But, you can be straw-free for a lifetime! 

Take the pledge here.