The environment is something that kids are often passionate about. It is always more fun and has a greater impact on kids when they work something that is tangible – something that affects them daily or is something that they can directly see the impact of. Here at Start a Snowball, we think straws are something kids could get excited about. Why? Well, according to ecocycle.org, Americans use 500 million straws each day! That’s enough to fill up 46,400 school buses each year.
In 2011, a young man named Milo Cress (9 at the time) started the Be Straw Free Campaign. Together with members of the straw industry, restaurants and other businesses, schools, environmental groups, and concerned citizens, they are working to reduce the use and waste of disposable plastic straws.
Starting a straw free campaign in your community or school is a great project for a kid to take on if they want to make a lasting difference for the environment. Learn more about how you can get started on your own straw free campaign by visiting BeStrawFree.
There are so many ways to get kids involved in community service. It is important to find a project that speaks to them, that shows them a direct impact, and that can continue on long after their first project. Becoming straw free is a great way for kids to see their impact on a lasting basis, and to learn about helping the world around them. If you are interested in starting your own project, please click the button below to apply for a grant to get your project off the ground.
Some additional sites to visit to learn more about going straw free: