Support a Straw Free Tampa

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In a Nutshell: By signing this petition you are playing an important role in the movement to eliminate the usage of plastic straws and ultimately other single-use plastics. Businesses and local lawmakers want to see the support of their customers and citizens before deciding to become straw-free. The more signatures on this petition, the more comfortable people will feel making the switch. Sign and show your support!

Read On: The straw movement is more than a plea to “stop sucking”. By pursuing the idea of a “strawless” city we will create businesses and communities that are more aware of plastic’s unneeded ubiquity in our lives. Tampa taking action towards becoming a more plastic-free city is especially important given our location. As a prominent tourist and business destination, Tampa has the opportunity to show other Americans and people abroad what a plastic conscious community looks like. Paired with its position along a major waterway leading to the gulf, it is our responsibility to become a more environmentally aware locale.

The Straw Free Tampa campaign first encourages businesses to go strawless if possible. While paper is a better alternative, the plastic issue cannot be solved by simply switching to products made of organic materials as these are becoming increasingly limited. The best path to a healthier amount of plastic in our lives is changing people’s dependence on it, and that begins with cutting the use of plastic straws and a #StrawfreeTampa!


Quick Facts:

  • Most recycling programs do not accept plastic straws
  • 8.3 billion plastic straws pollute the world’s beaches
  • Americans alone use half a billion straws a day
  • Each plastic straw is used for an average of 20 minutes but takes up to 200 years to decompose
  • More plastic has been produced in the past decade than the whole past century
  • There are 46,000 pieces of plastic floating on every square mile of the ocean’s surface
  • Every year one million seabirds and 100,000 marine animals die from ingesting plastic
  • Plastic can make its way up the food chain when in breaks down into “micro-plastics”. Fish ingest these micro-plastics and humans then eat the fish.