Plastic is choking our oceans

More than 500,000,000 straws are used once and tossed every day in this country. Ocean Conservancy ranks plastic straws as the number five most commonly found item on beaches. Straws are not recycled, so they wind up in landfills, litter streets, wash into streams and add to the estimated 8.5 million metric tons of plastic debris in oceans annually.

In conjunction with Creek Week, Mayor Steve Schewel has proclaimed March “No Straws Month” in Durham! “Single use plastics that find their way onto our streets get washed through storm drains into local creeks and all the way to the ocean,” says Mayor Schewel. “Plastic litter is a roadside eyesore, and it also can be fatal to river and ocean animals.”

You can help: TAKE THE PLEDGE!

We ask you as an individual or as a business to pledge to significantly reduce your use of plastic straws and only serve straws by request. So many of us use straws as routine simply because we are handed them. There are so many alternatives, like drinking from a cup or using a paper or metal straw. 

Pledge as an individual or business below!

#SkiptheStraw Pledge for Individuals
Name *
For the month of March, I pledge to reduce and eliminate my use of single-use plastic straws. By refusing single-use plastic straws, I am helping to eliminate plastic pollution that ends up in our oceans and waterways. Please check the "Yes" box if you agree. *

Special thanks to the following businesses that have already taken the pledge!

  • Pompieri Pizza
  • Bull City Burger & Brewery
  • Bull McCabe's Irish Pub
  • The Cotton Room
  • Eno River Association
  • DoubleTree by Hilton's Mansion on the Hill
  • Cocoa Cinnamon
  • 140 Salon and Blow Dry Bar
  • Lionstone Realty LLC Powered by eXp Realty
  • Pie Pushers
  • Burt's Bees
  • The Merry Franksters
  • Hux Family Farm
#SkiptheStraw Pledge for Businesses and Organizations
Address *
The owner or manager of the business indicated above agrees to this pledge. *
We are officially participating in the #SkiptheStraw March movement as part of an effort to keep my community pollution free and stop plastic pollution at the source *
As a participating business we agree to: *
Check all that apply
Last Day of Straw Usage
Last Day of Straw Usage
Electronic Signature *
Electronic Signature
By typing your name in the box below you indicate that all of the information you have provided in this form is true to the extent of your knowledge and binds you to any agreements that you have indicated in this form.