Ban Plastic Straws From The University of Florida

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According to the National Park Services, Americans use 500 million plastic straws a day. If you need help imagining 500 million straws, imagine 125 school buses lined up, bumper to bumper, but instead of passengers; they are filled with straws. In an effort to reduce the amount of straw waste produced by the students of the University of Florida, I am petitioning President Kent Fuchs to consider making UF a plastic straw free campus.

Even without plastic straws, UF students don't have to be inhibited from enjoying their favorite beverages. Our many dining establishments could begin stocking plastic straw alternatives, like paper, or promote serving drinks in student provided reusable bottles (similar to the policy at the many Starbucks locations on campus). This small change would greatly shrink our global footprint, and would hopefully encourage other universities to follow in our path to a greener, more sustainable future.

A straw free campus can only be made possible with the support of my fellow Gators, so I am asking all of you to join me in signing and sharing this petition.



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