Americans throw away half a billion plastic straws every day, many of which end up in the oceans and beaches, polluting our environment and harming wildlife. It is estimated that by 2050 there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish.

There is a solution – Small changes can yield big impact. #StopSucking on single-use plastic straws! The solution is to stop using single-use plastic straws. The Long Beach Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation is working on a city-wide ban on these straws.

We know it works because a similar ban is taking place in Seattle. The first campaign of its kind, Strawless in Seattle eliminated over 2 million plastic straws in September of 2017 and is set to fully ban these straws come July 1, 2018.

You can be part of this spreading movement:

1) Call or write your city councilperson to let them know that you support the ban on plastic straws.

2) Get your favorite restaurant to commit to eliminating plastic straws. You can grab some flyers from our chapter so that you can educate your favorite restaurants:

For more information check out these articles by the LA Times and the National Park Service and contact our Rise Above Plastics Coordinator via e-mail: