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Seattle Encourages Its Residents To 'Stop Sucking' In September

By Brian Spaen

Over 500 million plastic straws are being used every day in the United States, and much of it is for convenience rather than need. When being served at restaurants, normally straws are an unnecessary need in our water and soda. Some places are removing plastic straws entirely, replacing them with reusable metal or paper alternatives. Seattle is chiming in by getting rid of plastic straws for the month of September.

As an initiative launched by the Lonely Whale Foundation, over 100 restaurants and organizations are going to be partaking in the campaign called “Strawless in Seattle.” Beginning immediately on September 1st, residents will be seeing the removal of plastic straws. The campaign is being promoted on social media with the “#StopSucking” hashtag.

Adrian Grenier, an actor (HBO’s Entourage) and environmentalist that runs the foundation, will be throwing the first pitch before a Seattle Mariners’ baseball game on Friday against the Oakland Athletics. All 15 home games will not have any plastic straws available. The following Thursday, the foundation will be speaking at the Seattle Aquarium to raise awareness on the campaign.