Today New York City Council Member Rafael L. Espinal Jr. announced he is introducing a bill to rid New York City bars and restaurants of single-use plastic straws.
In support of this effort, WCS has launched Give a Sip, asking consumers, restaurants, and businesses to help marine life by doing their part. Over 50,000 people and 132 partner organizations have already signed on to the campaign.
“A single straw may seem like nothing," said John Calvelli, WCS Executive Vice President of Public Affairs in a statement. "It’s not. Tons of plastic enter oceans around the world each year. New York can help lead the way by saying no to plastic straws. Since they can’t be recycled, single-use plastic straws are among the main offenders. It’s happening in New York. Plastic pollution in our city is deadly for local turtles, fish, and birds. They can’t help getting tangled in it or mistaking it for food. Join us and let’s make a difference together.”
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