What on Earth is STRAWkling?
Every piece of plastic created still exists somewhere, and more than eight million tons of the stuff makes its way to the ocean every year.
Plastic pollution is an overwhelming issue, and it can be hard to know where to begin when it comes to taking action. Which is why we want you to start small and tackle just one item; plastic straws.
Operation Straw is a clean up initiative designed to tackle the prolific amount of plastic found in Manly Cove and beyond. Manly Cove in Sydney, Australia is a hotspot for plastic pollution, and in particular, straws. Over Summer 2018, volunteers from across the Northern Beaches gathered every Saturday morning to jump in the ocean for a STRAWkle (that’s a snorkel for straws).
In just 12 weeks, volunteers collected more than 2000 plastic straws from the area. The findings from the project helped to inspire more than forty businesses in the local area to say 'see-ya' to single-use plastic straws.
2500+ plastic straws plucked from the ocean.
Australians use 2.9 billion straws a year. These items are used for moments but will last on the planet longer than you do, and evidently are making their way into our local environment.
Our mission is to inspire you to jump in the ocean for a STRAWkle, and then provide you with the tools you need to cut single-use plastic items like straws out of your life. We want to help you to kick the plastic habit and empower other communities around the world to do the same.
Last summer we:
Collected 2103 straws
In 12 STRAWkles, we pulled more than 2,000 plastic straws from the ocean in a 200m x 30m area.
Engaged 319 volunteers
STRAWkling became a Saturday morning activity loved by all ages, with hundreds (known as the STRAWkle Squad) coming to jump in the ocean and clean it up over Summer.
Trained 45 Business Engagement Warriors
We worked with Plastic Free Manly to harness the enthusiasm of the STRAWkle Squad and give them the tools and training to talk to local businesses and empower them to ditch the plastic straw.
Convinved 40+ businesses to go plastic-straw free
In collaboration with Convenient for Who and Plastic Free Manly, we helped more than 40 businesses removed plastic straws from their operations.
Made the news more than ten times!
We helped bring some much needed attention to the impact plastic straws have on our blue backyard