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 Skip the Straw Greenwich 

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About Our Campaign

Skip the Straw Greenwich aims to increase awareness about the impact of single-use plastics & to protect our ecosystems, environment & economy through community outreach & education. Plastic waste enters rivers & the Long Island Sound & litters our neighborhoods, choking economies, harming wildlife & impacting public health.  In the coastal town of Greenwich, local waterways & shorelines are an important part of our lifestyle, economy & culture. Skip the Straw Greenwich encourages residents & businesses to take simple steps to protect the beauty & health of these natural resources & stem the tide of litter and waste… one straw at a time!

Straw Facts

  • 500 million plastic straws are used every dayin the United States.  That’s enough straws to wrap around the earth 2.5 times a day, or fill Yankee Stadium over 9 times a year! Learn more.

  • Straws are among the top 10 litter items found on beaches during the annual International Coastal Cleanup. Learn more.

  • Plastic straws are not recyclable in Greenwich.  They are challenging to sort at the recycling center because of their shape and size and because they lack a resin code, so they can contaminate recyclables. They must be put in the trash bin! Learn more.

  • A plastic straw will stay in the environment for hundreds of years, causing harm to wildlife and people.  Straws & other plastics hurt sealife when they are mistaken for food.  When animals encounter plastics, they can become entangled or can starve due to ingestion.  Scientists estimate that more than half of all sea turtles have eaten plastic. Learn more.

  • Plastic pollution affects waterways & marine life locally!  The Town of Greenwich Shellfish Commission, in conjunction with the University of Connecticut, is studying the impact of microplastics in the Long Island Sound & how they affect the seafood we eat. Learn more.

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Making a Difference in Our Community

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Over 130 volunteers cleaned up more than 4000 pounds of trash at Greenwich Point!  

For Residents

  • When eating out, ask your serve to skip the plastic straw & stirrer.

  • BYO eco-friendly alternative! 

  • Encourage your favorite dining establishments to serve straws by request only or switch to an alternative to plastic.

  • Limit your use of single-use, disposable plastics opting for reusables instead.

  • Pick up litter & properly dispose of it.

  • Participate in beach cleanups.

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Greenwich Girl Scout Ambassadors present Le Fat Poodle in Old Greenwich with a certificate of action for switching to a paper straw alternative!

For Food Establishments

  • Serve straws to patrons by request only.

  • Replace plastic straws with an eco-friendly alternative, like paper, stainless steel, pasta or reed.  

  • Studies show consumer preference toward sustainable businesses & products.

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Eco-friendly Alternatives

If you really need a straw, a wide variety of alternatives to plastic straws is available to residents locally at our partnering merchants and online, including stainless steel, reed, paper, glass and silicone.  There are even edible straws, make your own ice straws and foldable metal straws that fit on your keychain.  Tiffany's is marketing a sterling silver crazy straw!  Great resources can be found at The Last Plastic Straw.

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Compostable Bioplastic Straws?

Don't be fooled by misleading labels!  Bioplastics and bio-based plastics are derived from plant material, like corn, sugar cane and more, and are often labeled "compostable," "eco-friendly", or "biodegradable," creating consumer confusion. These materials are designed to be composted in industrial composting facilities, which are not available in our area, rather than backyard composter or the environment.  Just like their petroleum-based counterpart, they are not recyclable or biodegradable, and must be disposed in the trash.  In recycling facilities, these plant-based materials can cause significant contamination and can decrease the value of true recyclables.  They do not break down on land or in marine environments but fragment into smaller pieces, remaining for centuries. To learn more, check out the B.A.N. List 2.0 study.

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Join Us!

Upcoming & Past Events

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Sunday, March 3, 2019

2:00 - 4:30 pm

Greenwich Point Clean Up

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Thank you for joining the fight against plastic pollution!  Over 150 volunteers collected more than 1,500 pounds of marine trash - most of it single-use plastics - along our shorelines.   


Beach Clean Up Data Card

Aluminum cans  125+

Balloons 24

Cigarette butts 100+ 

Glass bottles 75+

Plastic bottles 300+

Plastic bottle caps 800+

Plastic straws 120

Miscellaneous 1,000

Buoys 10

Fishing line 500+ feet

Nets 3

Rope 200 ft

Thanks to our community partners:

Audubon Greenwich

Friends of Greenwich Point

Greenwich Community Sailing

Greenwich Green & Clean

Greenwich Land Trust

Greenwich Recycling Advisory Board

Greenwich Point Conservancy

Old Greenwich Yacht Club


Town of Greenwich Conservation Commission

Town of Greenwich Parks & Recreation

Town of Greenwich Shellfish Commission


On Sunday, January 27 from 2-4 pm at the Cole Auditorium at the Greenwich Library, Skip the Straw Greenwich and BYOGreenwich hosted a screening of the award-winning documentary Straws.  Following the film, guests discovered how students can make a difference in Greenwich and beyond.  Mia Nixon shared her adventures with 5 Gyres and EarthEcho International, and Jack Egan of Surfrider Connecticut inspired action against plastic pollution.  Student change makers taught how to reduce plastic waste at home and school!  

January 27, 2019: Straws Screening & Presentations

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Our Partners

We would like to thank our wonderful partners for supporting our mission.

Our Partners

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Pledge to Skip the Straw Greenwich

I pledge to help stop plastic pollution at the source by:

  1. Requesting "no straw, please" when ordering a drink.

  2. Choosing reusable straws when needed. 

  3. Encouraging friends and family to take the pledge, too!

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