This Skip The Straw Day, EcoBlvd shows you how to make eco-friendly choices that contribute to reducing plastic pollution and saving our oceans.

Every day, Americans contribute to a staggering statistic,
using roughly 500 million disposable straws. These straws aren't just a convenience; they are a symbol of a larger issue of plastic pollution.

That’s why in 2017, a group of environmentally conscious students from Whitehall, Michigan started the first ever Skip The Straw Day


At EcoBlvd, our mission transcends beyond selling products; it's about fostering a movement toward sustainability and environmental preservation. Our oceans, the cradle of biodiversity, are choking on plastics, with straws being one of the primary culprits. In partnership with The Ocean Conservancy, we strive to mitigate this crisis. Their efforts, particularly through the International Coastal Cleanup, have led to the collection of nearly 14 million straws and stirrers, highlighting the pervasive nature of this issue.


The statistics are grim, but change is within reach. On February 23, 2004, for Skip The Straw Day, we're not just advocating for a change in habit but for a shift in consciousness. It's about understanding the ripple effect of our actions, from a single straw discarded to the devastating impact on marine life and ecosystems

As we delve into the significance of this day and explore actionable steps toward a sustainable future, we invite you to join our cause. Sign up for our newsletter, engage with our community, and become a part of the movement towards a plastic-free ocean. Together, we can turn the tide on plastic pollution, one straw at a time.

The Evolution of Skip The Straw Day

Skip The Straw Day was conceived in 2017 by the Coral Keepers, a group of environmentally conscious students from Whitehall, Michigan Middle School along with their advisor Susan Tate. Their initiative was born out of a desire to protect marine life, like Nemo, from the detrimental effects of plastic straws, and to spread awareness about sustainable alternatives.

The Registrar at National Day Calendar® declared the day to be observed annually on the fourth Friday in February.

The history of straws stretches back thousands of years, with evidence of their use in ancient civilizations. However, the modern plastic straw became ubiquitous in the 20th century, heralded for its convenience. It wasn't until the turn of the 21st century that the narrative began to shift, highlighting the environmental toll of this convenience.

Key moments catalyzed the movement against plastic straws:

  • In 2009, Milo Cress, at just 9 years old, initiated the Be Straw Free campaign, targeting the unnecessary use of plastic straws in restaurants and cafes. His campaign shed light on the vast quantities of waste generated by these seemingly innocuous items.

  • The issue gained significant public attention in 2015, following the viral video by marine biologist Christine Figgener, showing the removal of a straw from a sea turtle's nostril. This distressing image brought the conversation to the forefront of social media and news outlets, sparking a global dialogue on the need for change.

These pivotal events, alongside growing environmental awareness, have led to increasing scrutiny of single-use plastics, including straws. Legislation and corporate policies have begun to reflect this shift, with many entities seeking sustainable alternatives to traditional plastic straws.

Why Skip The Straw Day Matters in 2024

Skip The Straw Day in 2024 is not merely a symbolic gesture but a pivotal moment in our ongoing battle against plastic pollution, with a particular focus on the small yet significant culprit: the plastic straw. This initiative underscores a vital message about the power of collective action in fostering environmental sustainability and casts a spotlight on the critical need for change in our consumption habits.

A Brief History of the Straw

The straw’s journey from an ingenious invention to an environmental hazard encapsulates a broader narrative about human innovation and its unintended consequences. The first known straws were made from natural materials like straw or hollow grass.

In 1888, Marvin Stone patented the first modern drinking straw, made from paper, to avoid the taste that the natural rye grass straws left in the drink.

However, it was the advent of plastic straws in the 1960s that marked a turning point, heralding an era of convenience culture that prioritized ease of use over environmental impact.

The Stark Reality of Plastic Straw Pollution

The environmental toll of plastic straws is quantified through alarming statistics that highlight their impact on our coastlines and oceans:

Celebrating Skip The Straw Day 2024: A Guide to Making a Difference

Skip The Straw Day in 2024 is a prime opportunity for all of us to contribute to a healthier planet by making a small but significant change in our daily habits. Here are comprehensive ways to celebrate and embrace the spirit of this important day:

Sip or Tip the Glass

The simplest way to participate is by choosing to "Tip the Glass" instead of using a straw. Whether you're enjoying a drink at home, at a café, or dining out, forgoing the straw is a direct action against plastic pollution. This act, though small, serves as a powerful statement about personal responsibility and environmental consciousness.

Eco-Friendly Straw Alternatives

Transitioning to sustainable straws is easier than ever with a variety of options available. Consider these alternatives:

  • Pasta Straws: An innovative and biodegradable option that adds a fun twist to your drink (even with gluten-free options). Perfect for one-time use without the environmental guilt. Learn more at Pasta Straws.

  • Glass Straws: Durable and stylish, glass straws come in various colors and designs, making them a great accessory for any beverage. They're easy to clean and reuse. Check out options at Simply Straws.

  • Metal Straws: Ideal for those who prefer their drinks chilled, metal straws provide a sustainable and reusable solution. They're sturdy and perfect for everyday use. Explore varieties at Sand Cloud.

  • Bamboo Straws: As a renewable, reusable, and biodegradable option, bamboo straws offer an eco-friendly solution to single-use plastics. Find them at Coconut Bowls.

Advocating for a Plastic Straw Ban in Your State

The momentum against single-use plastic straws is growing across the United States, with numerous states enacting legislation to curb their use and mitigate environmental damage. These measures range from complete bans to restrictions requiring customers to request straws explicitly. Here's an expanded list of states that have taken legislative action, showcasing the diverse approaches to tackling the issue of plastic straw pollution:

States Leading the Charge

  • California: Pioneered partial bans on single-use plastic straws in sit-down restaurants in 2018, permitting them only upon request.

  • Colorado: Enacted the Plastic Pollution Reduction Act (HB 21-1162) on July 7, 2021, aiming to phase out single-use plastic products, including straws, statewide.

  • Connecticut: Since January 1, 2022, full-service restaurants can only provide single-use plastic straws if requested by the customer, with exceptions for individuals with disabilities.

  • Delaware: Passed legislation on June 9, 2022, prohibiting restaurants from offering styrofoam containers and single-use plastic straws unless requested by the customer.

  • Maine: Implemented LD 602 starting January 1, 2022, allowing food establishments to provide single-use drinking straws only upon customer request.

  • New Jersey: Enacted a statewide plastic straw ban in November 2021, where food service businesses can only offer single-use plastic straws upon request.

  • New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Washington: Have various forms of restrictions in place to limit the distribution of single-use plastic straws, emphasizing straws upon request or banning automatic distribution in certain settings.

  • Other Notable Actions: Cities in states like Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, and even those without statewide bans have seen local businesses, municipalities, and city councils taking steps towards reducing or banning the use of single-use plastic straws.

How to Advocate for Change in Your State

  • Educate and Mobilize: Start by educating yourself and your community about the environmental impact of plastic straws. Use the examples of states that have successfully implemented bans as case studies to highlight the benefits and feasibility of such policies.

  • Contact Your Representatives: Reach out to your state legislators via letters, emails, or phone calls. Advocate for the adoption of policies similar to those in states like California, Colorado, or New York, which have taken significant steps to reduce plastic straw usage.

  • Join Forces with Environmental Groups: Connect with local and national environmental organizations. These groups often have ongoing campaigns to reduce plastic pollution and can provide resources, support, and additional channels for advocacy.

  • Leverage Social Media: Use social media platforms to raise awareness and build support for a plastic straw ban in your state. Sharing informative posts, infographics, and success stories from other states can help galvanize public support.

  • Support Local Initiatives: Whether or not your state has a current ban, support local businesses that have voluntarily chosen to reduce or eliminate single-use plastic straws. Encouraging and patronizing these businesses can create a grassroots demand for sustainable practices.

Support and Encourage Local Businesses

One of the most impactful ways to celebrate Skip The Straw Day is by engaging with local businesses. Encourage your favorite restaurants, coffee shops, and bars to adopt a straws-on-request policy or to switch to eco-friendly alternatives. By choosing to patronize establishments that prioritize sustainability, you help create a demand for environmentally responsible practices.

Global and National Chains Leading by Example

  • Starbucks: Committed to eliminating plastic straws from all its stores worldwide, introducing strawless lids and alternative-material straws for certain beverages.

  • McDonald’s: Has begun testing alternatives to plastic straws in select locations around the world and is exploring sustainable options across its operations.

  • Hyatt Hotels: Announced the removal of plastic straws and drink picks from all their hotels, providing them only upon request or offering eco-friendly options.

  • Marriott International: Committed to eliminating plastic straws in all its properties, offering alternatives upon request.

  • American Airlines: Removed plastic straws from its flights and lounges, switching to biodegradable, eco-friendly straws and stir sticks.

  • Disney: The Walt Disney Company announced a global ban on plastic straws and stirrers at all its owned and operated locations.

  • Hilton: Pledged to remove plastic straws from their hotels and resorts, offering a paper or biodegradable alternative upon request.

  • Royal Caribbean Cruises: Announced the elimination of plastic straws from its entire fleet, offering paper straws upon request.

  • Alaska Airlines: Became one of the first airlines to phase out plastic straws and citrus picks on its flights, offering sustainable alternatives instead.

  • IKEA: The global home furnishings retailer committed to phasing out all single-use plastic products from its home furnishing range, including plastic straws.

  • AccorHotels: Committed to eliminating all plastic straws, stirrers, and cotton buds from their hotels worldwide.

  • Whole Foods Market: Eliminated plastic straws from all its stores in the U.S., Canada, and the UK, offering paper straws as an alternative.

  • Shake Shack: Transitioned to using biodegradable straws and cutlery across its locations to reduce its environmental footprint.

Join The Movement Beyond Just a Day

Celebrating Skip The Straw Day goes beyond just one day of action; it's about fostering a long-term commitment to sustainability and environmental stewardship. By incorporating these practices into your daily life and encouraging others to do the same, you contribute to a larger movement aimed at preserving our planet for future generations.

This Skip The Straw Day, let's unite in our efforts to reduce plastic pollution, protect marine life, and advocate for a cleaner, healthier environment. Together, we can make a difference, one straw at a time.