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Say Goodbye to Plastic Straws (+ Giveaway and Flash Sale!)

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Earth Day Countdown: Week 6

Every week for the past six weeks we’ve shared facts about single-use, offered the chance to win reusable products, and offered discounts to empower you to break wasteful habits. In honor of Earth Day, we’re urging you to please stop sucking.

Facts: The Single-Use Plastic Straw

Similar to single-use plastic bags and other disposable food packaging, the ubiquitous and often unnecessary plastic straw is used for only a few minutes, but remains in the environment forever. It is estimated that Americans use a staggering 500,000,000 plastic straws every day, enough to wrap around the Earth 2.5 times. Plastic straws are one of the top 10 most common items found polluting our shores during beach cleanups, and it is estimated that 71% of seabirds and 30% of turtles have been found with plastics in their stomachs.

Luckily bans on plastic straws are catching on in cities, restaurants, bars and businesses across the country including Seattle, Berkeley, Manhattan Beach, San Diego, Huntington Beach, Pacific Grove, Asbury Park, New York, Chicago, Fort Myers Beach and Miami. According to the office of Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May, the country plans to ban the sale of plastic straws and other single use products, and is pressing Commonwealth allies (a network of 53 countries) to also take action to reduce single-use plastic waste. In a meeting to discuss the ban, May said “plastic waste is one of the greatest environmental challenges facing the world.” And the movement keeps heating up with International Straw Free Day and National Skip the Straw Day earlier this year. Single-use straws are at the center of a growing environmental movement to raise awareness about our plastic waste problem, and one reusable straw can have a profound impact.

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Giveaway: Stainless Steel Straws & Straw Brush

Visit our Instagram and enter to win a set-of-four stainless steel Mini Straws and a Straw Brush. Good luck!

Flash Sale: 30% off all orders over $75

The good news? You can easily refuse single-use. Get 30% off all orders over $75 with code EDALL30 at ukonserve.com. Online orders only. Ends April 23, 2018. While supplies last.

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