Sedona Launches 'Straw Free' Program

Grant Morgan | Sedona

One of Arizona's best-known destinations is seeking to encourage its restaurants to discontinue offering plastic straws to patrons.

The Sedona Chamber of Commerce and Tourism Bureau launched the Straw Free Sedona program last week, the chamber said in a news release. The campaign invites businesses in the Red Rock Country city to pledge to stop providing single-use plastic straws, and to provide only paper straws if requested by customers.

The chamber says the campaign comes in response to alarming statistics about how much plastic makes its way into the world's oceans.

"As the public becomes increasingly informed about the detrimental effects that single-use plastics have on the environment, the Sedona Chamber of Commerce and other organizers of Straw Free Sedona are proud to be acting for a more sustainable future," said Jennifer Wesselhoff, the chamber's president and CEO. She added that the campaign is the first step toward making Sedona "the most sustainable destination in the USA."

Organizers noted that some customers, particularly children and people with disabilities, may require straws. They said those patrons should be offered paper straws, which are a more environmentally friendly alternative.

To learn more about the campaign, visit www.strawfreesedona.com.

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UNTIL SOME ONE CAN PROVE THEY HAVE A SAFE ALTERNATIVE TO ANY DISEASE THAT CAN BE SPREAD THROUGH TOUCHING MY GLASS OR CUP I'LL HAVE A STRAW.IF YOUR REALLY LOOKING TO DO GOOD GET RID OF ALL YOUR PLASTIC OR ARE YOU JUST JUMPING ON CALIFORNIA'S BAND WAGON FOR PUBLICITY

Come up with alternative for plastic straws and water bottles or get off the soap box

Plastic straws from the U.S. have a minute impact on plastic in the oceans. It's the equivalent of a quarter of an ounce of a 12,000-pound elephant. On the up side, Sedona is making this voluntary. And it may be that, in Sedona, restaurants that voluntarily stop offering plastic straws will see increased business (or at least no decrease in business). On the down side, this is merely "the first step toward making Sedona 'the most sustainable destination in the USA.'" So if another plastic in the U.S. contributes the equivalent of, oh, a half ounce to that elephant, then logically it too must be removed. After all, its removal would have TWICE the impact of the straw removal. I want to have an impact on the amount of plastic in the oceans. Therefore, I will invest in companies that are creating sanitation systems that can be used in the ten worst polluting countries--which pollute so much in large part because they don't have a good sanitation infrastructure. I will also donate to charities that have sanitation as a focus (though not necessarily the only focus). But I will not stop using plastic straws. And if I go to a restaurant that does not offer them, I may go elsewhere.

Also, this isn't a pain-free transition and will impact some of the very people we have made laws to protect. You should hear some of my disabled friends talk about how this would reduce the number of places they could easily eat. "Did I remember my plastic straw before I left home? No. Ah, well, I shouldn't spend the extra money anyway."

500,000,000 straws used in America each day? Someone needs to look at the number of people that live here in the USA. Plastic is a problem, but let's get real. http://www.worldometers.info/world-population/us-population/

This isn't for publicity, yes there is pros and cons and ups and downs, but for the most part this is helpful for us, animals, and the environment. If the plastic stays in the oceans it can kill aquatic animals such as turtles and fish. The plastic also gets in the water we drink which harms us. Convenience or Safety? Birds could also think its food and eat it or feed it to their young. When it might disintegrate (after many MANY years) it goes into the soil which harms plants and gets into the earth and pollutes the air. I understand that this is hard for disabled people which is why you can buy cheap reusable straws made from metal, bamboo, etc. They are SO helpful!! Its not hard to save the environment, ITS SO SIMPLE! If you don't do it for them then do it for us, for you. Also don't forget to reduce, reuse, and recycle!

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