Shedd The Straw is a simple concept. Americans use up to 500 million plastic straws every day, roughly the same weight as 1,000 cars, according to the Shedd Aquarium. Despite ongoing efforts to encourage recycling, these straws are increasingly polluting our Great Lakes, including our own Lake Michigan. Single-use plastics never disintegrate, meaning they pollute our water supply and harm the animals that see them as food.
To bring attention to the Shedd the Straw campaign, Chicago Chalk Champ Shaun Hayes is creating unique chalk drawings that depict some of the animals that you can protect by joining the campaign to Shedd The Straw. Shaun’s artwork is on display at the Polk Brothers Park as they enter the gateway to Navy Pier. The three-sided chalkboard display will showcase some of the animals visitors can protect by making the simple change to Shedd The Straw. The interactive display asks the public to share their Shedd The Straw and environmental conservation commitments on the chalkboard.
Shedd The Straw is an easy way for families to honor Earth Day with a small act that can create big changes. According to a recent press release, “Roughly 19 billion pounds of plastic wind up in the oceans annually, killing 1 million sea birds and 100 million marine mammals.” These animals need us to be their advocate. You can add your voice by following @SheddAquarium on Twitter and sharing your commitment to #SheddtheStraw this Earth Day. Learn more about why your family should #SheddtheStraw at http://www.sheddaquarium.org/earthday.
Shari writes about life with twins at Two Times The Fun. Image courtesy of the Shedd Aquarium.