MYSTIC, Conn.(WPRI) – Mystic Aquarium is encouraging the reduction of single-use plastics, specifically targeting plastic straws.
They’re part of the ‘No Straw November Movement’ and asking more businesses and individuals to pledge not to use plastic straws for the month of November. This effort stems from getting rid of waste that’s harming the ocean and freshwater wildlife around the world.
Mystic is one of 22 top aquariums in the U.S. for this action campaign. All members of the Aquarium Conservation Partnership (ACP) are part of the ‘First Step’ campaign that presses for new public policy commitments.
Mystic Aquarium’s Senior Vice President of Mission Programs, Katie Cubina says, “Thankfully there are simple actions we can take to help our ocean planet and its inhabitants. Every change, even small changes, are a step in the right direction.”
Although 30 days could seem long for some, Mystic Aquarium is also encouraging people to challenge themselves for seven days, where participants are encouraged each day to take a new action to reduce plastic use by protecting life in the waters of the Long Island Sound and Narragansett Bay.
To participate, text MYSTIC to 49767.