'No Straws St. Pete' campaign hopes to encourage elimination of plastic straw usage

Posted at 4:57 AM, Apr 11, 2018

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — The city of St. Petersburg revealed a new campaign on Tuesday in hopes of encouraging the elimination of plastic straw usage.

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The "No Straws St. Pete" campaign, led by City Councilwoman Gina Driscoll and about 20 local businesses, asks both residents and restaurants to help in "reducing the city’s carbon footprint and preserving their beautiful beaches and waters."

How exactly would they help?

The campaign asks residents to take the pledge to not use straws when ordering drinks at their local restaurant, bar or coffee shop. While restaurants are asked to only provide straws when requested by a customer.

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Watch the campaign's reveal:

According to the National Park Service, Americans use 500 million plastic straws each day, which means each person uses about 38,000 straws between the ages of 5 and 65.

To learn more about the campaign or to take the pledge, visit