Straw Free Letter / by Lauren DeMarco

I recently learned a scary, shocking, and deeply sickening fact: Americans use 500 million straws every day! Wow. I knew it was terrible but I had no idea it was this terrible.

My family has been declining straws at restaurants for a bit now and I have been spreading the message to other people I know but I have been feeling like I can do more. I want to reach out to some local restaurants, asking them to take some initiative in this movement so I decided to streamline the process for myself and then share what I have come up with.

I have created a letter and basic table note to hand out to some local restaurants asking for their help with this movement.

It's easy to shake our heads and be disappointed in how broken the world can feel but a little education and action can really make a huge impact.

Read through the letter and if you feel inclined, I hope that you edit (fill in your name), print, and drop them off to your favorite restaurants and coffee shops, I think giving it to a manager directly and having a conversation would cause the greatest impact but again, any effort counts.

Here is the letter! (in order to edit: open the link, download as a word document, enable editing)

Feel free to email me at with any questions about this!

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