Go Strawless!

"Even as wisdom often comes from the mouths of babes, so does it often come from the mouths of old people. The golden rule is to test everything in the light of reason and experience, no matter from where it comes." Gandhi

Okay people f you haven't given much thought to the drinking straw, think again. In February 2011, Fourth grader, Milo Cress of Vermont learned that more than 500 million disposable plastic straws are used each day in just the United States alone. Cress is now on a quest to rid the world of drinking straws.

When Cress discovered so many straws were being discarded every day, he pledged to stop using disposable straws and now asks the rest of us to follow suit.

BeStrawFree.org realizes that some people have to use straws but just asks that we rethink the amount of waste we generate with each straw we take.

According to the BeStrawFree.org site, 500 million straws would fill more than 127 school buses daily.  Picture that amount of drinking straws and it will give you a better idea on how each small decision we make can have a huge impact overall.

So go strawless! The next time you order a beverage, "hold the straw."

© Diane Chase, author of Adirondack Family Time: Tri-Lakes and High Peaks (Your Four-Season Guide to Over 300 Activities) for the towns of Lake Placid, Saranac Lake, Jay/Upper Jay, Wilmington, Keene/Keene Valley which is available online or bookstores/museums/sporting good stores. Diane is currently working on the second guidebook in the four-book series of Adirondack Family Activities.

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