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Skip the Straw

What are made in 10 minutes, used for 20 minutes, and remain on earth forever?

The answer is plastic straws and they are typically overlooked in the efforts to reduce single use plastics. However, they contribute greatly to ocean pollution and are extremely damaging to aquatic life. Because they are typically not recycled, straws frequently wind up in landfills and oceans where they do not biodegrade. When plastic does make it into the ocean, it breaks down into small pieces known as microplastics rather than biodegrading or dissolving, which poses great threats to marine life including fish. In fact, 19 million pounds of plastic is exposed and consumed by 90% of all marine animals. Plastic straws, which are among the top 10 items found in ocean cleanups, pose a particular risk to sea turtles as straws endanger them through entanglement, poisoning, and starvation.

Americans use about 500 million straws each day which is enough to wrap around the earth 2.5 times. Fortunately, the straw-less movement has been growing over the past few years and some cities throughout the country are starting to ban single-use plastic straws. Where straws are still available, it is advised to “Skip the Straw.”  As an item of convenience for the vast majority of us, refusing the single-use plastic straw is the easiest and simplest way for everyone to take action today to address plastic pollution. As an alternative to purchasing plastic straws, there are several options available including marine-degradable paper straws, and those made out of stainless steel, silicone, glass, and even plant based materials including bamboo, sugarcane and wheat! It is important to note that while compostable plastic straws are available, they are no better than regular plastic straws when they get into the marine environment. They are designed to break down in compost facility conditions, not sea water.

A healthy ocean is critical for human health and well-being. Remember, plastic in the ocean can leech into the public drinking supply. Do your part by skipping the straw in your home or when dining out. Ask for plastic free alternatives at dining establishments or bring your own reusable straws.

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  • May 27, 2020

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“I ALWAYS feel spoiled by the meal offerings at CSW (The Cambridge School of Weston) and am entirely grateful for it. As I eat today's delicious and lavish lunch (and think about yesterday's as well), I can't tell you how much I feel so well cared for here, both with the food and by the dining hall staff. CSW cares for us in so many ways, both big and small.”

“I will say that CulinArt has always been a very collaborative partner to T. Rowe Price, listening to our current needs and future goals and suggesting realistic and achievable strategies to meet those goals.  2020 was obviously no exception.  CulinArt also altered other areas of our OCS and pantry programs to create safer environments for all our associates. We can only thank you for your continued flexibility and innovative ideas through these difficult times.”

“What a wonderful dinner we had tonight for our international families. The food was delicious and well presented as well.”

“With all the prep work from Winterim ramping up and classes continuing as usual, it's a busy time to be a Forman teacher. Imagine my delight, tired as I was, when I delved into the upscale-restaurant-quality chicken parmesan our dining hall served last night. Forman is all about support, and providing our students with a dinner of that quality is just as important a measure of support as anything that happens in a classroom.”

“Thank You! Chef Budd [and team], you overcame a new online ordering system (and hundreds of labels daily!), provided creative and healthy menus, continued to connect with local farmers to incorporate locally sourced ingredients, and worked tirelessly to serve the school community on three campuses.  While it feels like you are all a little like the Wizard of Oz right now, working behind a curtain in a kitchen far away, we sense your smiles and your passion to deliver the best possible service during these trying times. We are all so grateful!”

“Thank you for including me today in the food waste demonstration/[chef competition] and flattering me with the role of “judge.” I will proudly don the [Stop Food Waste Day] apron the next time I plan an “event” in our own kitchen. I think this is a very worthwhile cause and the statistics you read off are staggering. They, alone, can intimidate a home chef, let alone be the “driver’ for a professional one.”

“Many, and I do mean many, thanks for a great Parents Weekend.  I heard from so many happy parents and you all work very hard to make it happen.  In gratitude and kindness…”

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