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Skip the Straw Month

Post Date:03/04/2019 3:36 PM

Orange County and the Towns of Chapel Hill, Carrboro, and Hillsborough have declared March 2019 as “Skip the Straw” month joining a growing movement across the country to reduce single-use plastics of all kinds. To promote the effort, Orange County Solid Waste Department is developing a county-wide campaign to get residents and businesses to Skip the Straw year-round. This campaign increases awareness of the negative impacts of marine plastic pollution (including plastic straws), the use of petroleum resources for products that are used only briefly, and the need for waste reduction. 

To help promote Skip the Straw Month, two free screenings of the documentary film “Straws” will be held:

  • Monday, March 25 at 7 p.m. at the Varsity Theater at 123 E. Franklin Street, Chapel Hill
  • Tuesday, March 26 at 7 p.m. at the Orange County public library at 137 W. Margaret Lane, Hillsborough

To attend one of the screenings, RSVP by calling (919) 968-2788 or email Monday’s screening will be followed by a talk by producer Linda Booker and founder of Plastic Ocean Project Bonnie Monteleone. Booker will also speak at Tuesday’s event and local author and artist Bryant Holsenbeck will read from her book, “The Last Straw,” about her year of living without single-use plastics. A reception featuring local food and beverages will follow each screening. Additional environmental groups in attendance will include Haw River Assembly, Morgan Creek Valley Alliance, North Carolina Coastal Federation, and Sierra Club.

Orange County businesses offering beverages for sale on-premises in March are also encouraged to “Skip the Straw” and to only provide straws upon customer request. Businesses are encouraged to convert to compostable straws or to completely eliminate straws from their offerings. Early adopters of “Skip the Straw” include 411 West, Bonchon, Carolina Coffee Shop, Carrboro Pizza Oven, Four Corners, Franklin Hotel, Kurama, Midici, Linda’s Bar and Grill, Lula’s, Glasshalfull, Spotted Dog, Perennial, Purple Bowl, Radius, Squids, and Weaver Street Market. The County will recognize all businesses opting to participate.

Residents can take action by taking the pledge to “Skip the Straw” at

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