Contact: Crowley Gentile, Alex Wyckoff
Blue Ocean Society for Marine Conservation
143 Pleasant Street
Portsmouth, NH 03801
Restaurant Owners Urged to Skip the Straw this Summer
Last year 800 plastic straws were picked up off of Hampton Beach alone. As avid surfers, Crowley Gentile and Alex Wyckoff were concerned about the high number of straws and potential impacts on marine life. For the final three and a half weeks of senior year, Proctor Academy students are able to design a project around their own interests and passions. Gentile and Wycoff decided to take on this problem as their project.
Plastic straws are ingested by marine animals and are among the top 10 plastic debris found at coastal cleanups. As part of their project the students are trying to connect with business owners along Hampton Beach to challenge them to “skip the straw.” The goal of the Skip the Straw campaign is to have wait staff at these restaurants ask customers if they’d skip the straw, in the hope that many people will decide it isn’t necessary if the issue is brought to their attention.
Recognition will be provided for businesses who agree to consciously ask customers to skip the straw. Restaurant patrons can find more information on the project at participating businesses, at the Society’s Blue Ocean Discovery Center, or online at www.blueoceansociety.org
Blue Ocean Society for Marine Conservation is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to inspiring people to take action and make a positive change for the ocean. Using its leading research, Blue Ocean Society educates people about marine life and the distinct threats to the marine environment. For 4 years, the Society has also offered hands-on programs in Hampton Beach at its Blue Ocean Discovery Center. For more information on Blue Ocean Society’s programs and volunteer opportunities, visit www.blueoceansociety.org
or call 603-431-0260.