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Day 231: Be Straw Free: Find Out Why and How

While reading through twitter over my morning coffee today I came across a tweet about a site called Be Straw Free. It instantly caught my eye as I have a drawer full of straws I keep reusing. I do my best not to throw the straws out as I know how much waste they create. Straws seems to last forever! I knew one day I would come up with an idea to reuse them. Once I read more from “Be Straw Free” started by a 4th grader by the name of Milo, I knew I had to do a “give” on how to reuse straws.

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The inspiration was simple for this give. A young boy by the name of Milo that has started a campaign to reduce straw waste in the world.

It is estimated that Americans use on average 1.6 straws per day each.
That’s 500,000 million  a day in the US alone.

Nicolas’ Completed Straw Art

That’s a lot of straws and a lot of environmental waste we could reduce easily. My son and I came up with our own idea how we could use straws to create some fun on a rainy day, make a gift for his Grandmother and reuse some straws at the same time.  Watch the video and see what my son Nic and I did to give back to the planet today and “Be Straw Free.” I see a Picasso in the making!

Saving the Planet One Straw at a Time!

Time Commitment: 1/2 hour of art and a few seconds a day to wash our straws so we can reuse them instead of throwing them out

Cost: I save money by reusing straws

What people are saying about 365give

“I wanted to express my gratitude for the teaching you provided today. Your message was delivered eloquently, compassionately, and without judgment. The kids were engaged, and now have knowledge with which they can change the world. We all appreciated how you took the time to help us learn to build positive mindsets and practice happiness.”
Shelley Gardner, Grade 6 Ridgeview Elementary (West Vancouver)
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Mahina Niyozova (Tajikistan)
“After watching the 365give TEDx Talk, I was inspired to join and begin a daily giving program in India. Today, along with 12 other volunteer women, we provide 100 meals to local underprivileged children in Bangalore for school every day.”
Deepika Ahuja, Mom (Bangalore, India)
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Renate Jorge, @BeKindBrazil and 365give Member, Family Program (Brazil)
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MayLee, 365give Member, Individual Program
“This 365give Challenge has really injected excitement and extra enthusiasm in each work day as I think about what we can do. It has motivated me and the students.”
Cristina Peters, School Counselor (New York City, USA)
“I have seen a huge shift in energy throughout my classroom since doing the 365give Challenge. The Challenge has empowered my students to make a positive difference in the school’s community and beyond.”
Cella Adriana, Special Needs Educator /The Holliswood School (New York City, USA)
“The 365give Challenge helps students understand their impact on others. It opens avenues for introducing and discussing global and local issues in classrooms. It is powerful to watch students of all ages think about how they can make a change in another person’s life with one small act.”
Jessica Hall, Primary Teacher, French Immersion at École Pauline Johnson (West Vancouver, Canada)