Do "straw upon request" policies really work?

Those of us passionate about reducing our single-use plastic footprint likely took the pledge to “skip the straw” long ago, but how is the reduction movement influencing the average consumer? A recent paper by Travis P. Wagner (University of Southern Maine’s Department of Science and Policy) and Patti Toews (San Luis Obispo County Integrated Solid Waste Management Authority) analyzed the impacts of a “default choice modification ordinance” in San Luis Obispo, CA. Unlike a “straw ban”, a “default choice modification ordinance” does not completely restrict establishments from distributing straws - instead, it instructs that straws be offered only upon request.

The paper highlights how the ordinance has impacted 133 businesses - including their reduced single-use plastic footprint. To read more about the success of the ordinance, check out the paper here.

Woods Hole Science Stroll 2018

Come join Trash Shouldn't Splash at 10 AM on August 11th, 2018 at the annual Woods Hole Science Stroll. Trash Shouldn't Splash will have a booth set up at Waterfront Park near the Aquarium with educational games, prizes, and representatives from Trash Shouldn't Splash available to answer questions.

In addition, head over to Dyers Dock and check out the SSV Corwith Cramer, Sea Education Association's Atlantic vessel in its home port of Woods Hole for a limited time before it heads to yard for maintenance and back to sea this fall. Reservations are required for these free tours but SEA will have plenty of other fun and educational activities set up on Dyers Dock.