It’s estimated that nearly 9 million tons of plastic end up in the ocean each year.  If that trend continues, it’s anticipated that there will be more plastic than fish in the ocean by 2050.  Reducing our use of single-use plastics, including straws, can help! 

Plastic straws are an item that most of us could live without.  Plastic straws don’t biodegrade under natural conditions, and they can’t easily be
 recycled due to their small size.  Many straws end up in our local streams and the ocean where they can pollute habitat for salmon, orcas and other species.  According to Ocean Conservancy, plastic straws are one of the top ten items collected every year during their International Coastal Cleanup.  
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You can help - Pledge to Skip the Straw!

Find Straw-Free Businesses:

  • Spiro's Pizza and Pasta - 18411 Aurora Ave N

  • Monka Brewing Co. - 17211 15th Ave NE

  • Patty Pan Cooperative - 15550 27th Ave NE

  • Le's Pho Thai - 15210 Aurora Ave N

  • Jerseys - 1306 N 175th St

  • Shake N Go - 15819 Westminster Way N

  • Smokin' Pete's BBQ - 15009 Aurora Ave N

  • Black Pearl - 14602 15th Ave NE

  • Wake n' Bacon BBQ - 1437 NW Richmond Beach Rd

  • Ridgecrest Public House - 520 NE 165th St

  • Suni's Pizza & Burgers - 17751 15th Ave NE

Join your Neighbors! 63 pledges around the City:

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Frequently Asked Questions:

Are compostable straws a good alternative?

Compostable straws are still a disposable product that took energy and resources to manufacture and transport, before being used for a very short period of time.  When it comes to the three R’s of waste management – Reduce, Reuse, Recycle – taking steps to reduce waste is priority #1! Choosing a reusable straw, or skipping the straw altogether, is your most sustainable option.

How much more do reusable and compostable straws cost?

Costs can be higher than for traditional single-use plastic straws. However, when combined with efforts to reduce the number of straws that your business purchases and distributes, overall costs could be comparable to or less than traditional plastic straws.

Why doesn’t the City ban straws?

We want to promote and celebrate positive actions by Shoreline residents and businesses to reduce waste, and single-use plastic waste in particular.  We know that many individuals and businesses will take action based on increased information and want to provide flexibility for community members who need access to straws due to medical or physical conditions.