Who's Saying It?

Pledge to say "No Straw, Please" here

Pledge to say "No Straw, Please" here!

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Translates to: I Hate Flood,
that's why I'll stop using Straw

Saturday, July 21, 2012

No Straw, Please

Did you know that most straws do not decompose? And there's a huge possibility that the straw you used when you were still a kid is still a straw somewhere in the world, or probably it's in the world's largest dump - the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.

The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is found on the North Pacific Ocean. It's where all garbage which are non-recyclable ends up. It's filled with plastic - straws, bottles, toys, etc. How it got there is really disturbing. A number of people even say that it's twice as large as Texas, which is just a little smaller than the Philippines. So that makes the Great Pacific Garbage Patch twice as large the the Philippines as well. 

Whoa, it's like a country of garbage
Just imagine yourself in the middle of a big place we're familiar with, let's say SM Mall of Asia, and from where you are standing, to your house somewhere in Luzon, to your relatives somewhere in Visayas or in Mindanao, everything is garbage.

This issue is very alarming and I want to share a personal advocacy I have in order to help, even just a bit, to this problem. I call this movement the "No Straw, Please".

image from http://greatpacificgarbagepatch.info/
Obviously, it's about saying no to straws. You just have to say "NO STRAW, PLEASE" everytime you order a drink. Or if you have to get a straw from a dispenser, then just don't. I've been doing this for some quite time now, and its wonderful. 

Some of my friends ask me, "Why straw?" Yeah, straws are small. What difference can it make in changing the Great Pacific Garbage Patch which is to remind you, veeery big. Well, I believe in starting small. Small things are easy to do, and if it will be a collective movement, we can do big changes.

To add to that, milk teas taste better without the straw (tell the vendors not to place a lid). Even softdrinks takes longer time to drink, which makes it optimal. It may be pretty inconvenient at first if you're not used to it, but helping the world we live in makes it all worth it.

This is just the beginning, for the next few days, I'd be laying down my plans of expanding this movement using the social media. If you are interested in joining this act, please like the Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/nostrawplease), follow the twitter account (@NoStrawPlease), and hashtag #NoStrawPlease. 

Together, let's make our world our world, not the plastic's. Join the movement, and say "No Straw, Please".


JoseMargo Flores

No Straw Please
Email: nostrawplease@gmail.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/nostrawplease
Twitter: http://twitter.com/nostrawplease