Over 500 million plastic straws are used every day in the U.S. That’s enough to circle the earth 2.5 times.

In Newport, straws are among the top 10 items found during beach clean ups and can do so much harm to seabirds, turtles and other marine creatures. Clean Ocean Access, a local non-profit, has removed over 2,000 straws on our beaches in the past five years, while more than 650 have been collected by their marina trash skimmers in Newport Harbor in just eight months.

As an individual, refusing a single-use plastic straw in our bars and restaurants in Newport is the easiest and simplest way to take action today to address plastic pollution that is in our waters and on our beaches.

Learn more about the problem through Lonely Whale’s Strawless Ocean program.