500 Million Plastic Straws are Discarded Every Day in the United States

Plastic straws are among the most common items found at Portland Chapter Surfrider cleanups – both on the Oregon coast and in Portland! They are not biodegradable, which means that every plastic straw created is still around in some form. Plastic has a huge impact on our ecosystems, wildlife and people, and it’s our chapter’s goal to reduce the amount of plastic that ends up in the environment.

In August 2017, the Portland Chapter launched the DitchTheStrawPDX program in the Portland-Metro area. The mission of the program is to assist businesses and individuals in reducing plastic straw usage in the city. We provide support to these businesses who agree to go plastic straw free for an entire month as a pilot program, helping them to outreach to their staff and customers why putting a straw on request policy into action is both effective and feasible. Additionally, we provide support for reusable and paper straw alternatives for instances in which straws are necessary.

Are you interested in getting involved? Click below.

Map of Currently Participating Businesses




Interested in supporting this program as a volunteer?
Contact Nancy Nordman at ditchthestraw@portland.surfrider.org