The funding has helped us to get our project up and running. We ordered Hay Straws for demonstration and printing of pledge forms, info cards and visual information about the problem of plastic straws. We leave this information after conversations with restaurant owners and managers. We also ordered design and printing of table signs "Skip The Plastic Straw" and sign holders for participating businesses to encourage people to skip the plastic straw and increase the awareness of the problem and our campaign.
Our impact so far:
- We convinced a few local businesses to stop giving plastic straws automatically and switch to green alternatives in the future!
- We increased awareness about plastic pollution problem and solutions among restaurant owners, managers and bartenders.
- We created a Facebook Page and an Instagram account to spread the word about our project and promote participating restaurants and other businesses that already switched to green alternatives to The Plastic Straw.
We're going to continue talking to local businesses in spring. In winter we are going to organize a community or school screenings of a documentary STRAWS. We found a few schools and organizations that are interested in that and we want to unlock our impact funding of $150 to buy educational or community licenses.