Living Waste Free?

Post-Landfill Action Network LogoStrawesome is a proud supporter of the Post-Landfill Action Network’s Zero Waste Conference which takes place annually in the fall. They go to extremes to literally have zero waste during the conference! The conference is just a piece of the work they are doing with students to lead the movement for solving the waste crisis.

The Waste Crisis

The way we use and dispose of our planet’s resources is fundamentally broken. We extract resources at an ever-increasing rate to make consumer goods, which quickly end up in landfills and incinerators. The Earth’s resources are limited – and our trash is toxic. We know that we fundamentally need to change course.

The Solution

Waste is simply resources in the wrong place. We have the technology to solve the waste crisis today. Innovative companies like Strawesome are designing products to be more durable and long-lasting. The solutions to the waste crisis exist, we just need to build infrastructure, logistics, and active participation to get valuable resources to the right place!

The Student-Led Movement

When the only solution is a dumpster, everything looks like trash! All over the country student leaders are stepping up to solve the waste crisis on their campuses, proving that zero waste is possible by implementing creative collection systems for traditionally hard-to-recycle items, establishing composting programs, campus thrift stores — and much more. As the movement grows, students are developing the leadership skills they need to create change in their own communities and beyond; learning how to build our zero waste future!

About Post-Landfill Action Network

The Post-Landfill Action Network (PLAN) cultivates, educates, and inspires the student-led zero waste movement. They inform students about the waste crisis and equip them with the necessary skills and resources to implement solutions to waste in their campus communities. PLAN empowers our generation to be changemakers. Learn more at http://www.postlandfill.org/.

Zero Waste Glass StrawThe “Close the Loop” Cause Straw

To support PLAN, we’ve developed a new Strawesome inspired by PLAN’s logo. We will donate $7 from each sale of this limited-edition straw to PLAN for use in their programs. Please consider doing your part to address the waste crisis by using alternatives to single-use plastics, such as straws. You can view and purchase this Cause Straw in our online store here.

Chance to Win a $15 Gift Certificate

Leave a comment below related to PLAN or doing your part to address the Waste Crisis to be automatically entered into our random drawing on July 31, 2016. The winner will be sent a $15 gift certificate for use on Strawesome.com by email. One comment per person.

Comments (40)

  1. I always bring my “real” cups and glasses (and straws!) to starbucks to avoid the waste! 🙂

    Mary Michela
    Jul 20, 2016 Reply
  2. I love that PLAN is educating our youth. I only use my cups when going to starbucks or other coffee shops as well as use my own straws or use no straws at all if I happen to forget mine.

    jen newman
    Jul 20, 2016 Reply
  3. I fight waste by refilling my glass drinking jar at my stops along the road!

    Emily
    Jul 20, 2016 Reply
  4. we compost the kitchen waste, recycle bottles annd paper. plastic bags, egg cartons go to our local publix for their recycling efforts, and of course i use strawsome straws always

    cleo gold
    Jul 20, 2016 Reply
  5. I buy in bulk, use re-usable shopping bags, cloth diaper my kids, compost, recycle, buy used whenever possible, bring my own cup and straw, and I Yerdle things I don’t need anymore (http://yerdle.com/i/martha-growdon). But there’s always more to do. I’m not waste-free yet and that’s the goal.

    Martha Growdon
    Jul 20, 2016 Reply
  6. This is an awesome initiative. I have started looking at all the ‘waste’ in my house as materials I could use for other things. We compost, recycle glass, plastic and paper, my friend takes and reuses my egg cartons for her hens’ eggs (which I purchase back from her!:)). I love all the finds at the dump, too! I have taken home many items, not the least of which was a used rain barrel!..I love my awesome strawsome straws!!

    Donna Gilbert
    Jul 20, 2016 Reply
  7. I hope that more restaurants allow us to bring in our own products or work to reduce waste. Styrofoam waste is serious and I hope more restaurants find alternatives. Until then I bring my own straw, recycle, and am conscious of the products I use.

    K. BeAnka
    Jul 20, 2016 Reply
  8. Buying one of those straws asap ?

    wendy
    Jul 21, 2016 Reply
  9. All those above, and reusable containers (stainless steel boxes and washable cloth zipper bags) for transporting lunches and snacks. All my recycling from a 3 week camping trip just made the same tour of the country as we did, so we could recycle it at home!

    Betsy
    Jul 21, 2016 Reply
  10. Our family reuses everything we possibly can and glass jars with “strawesome” straws are used daily here. Thanks for introducing us to the “PLAN”.

    Coley B
    Jul 21, 2016 Reply
  11. My son and I reuse containers for water in our fridge all the time. And use your great glass straws at home and while out and about. I also got one for my sister for her birthday (the frog one, so cute!) I carry my son’s and my frog straws in the containers for when we are out and about. We also make our lunches and reuse packaging and carrying items. I use one in my water at work everyday – I love the skinny long ones for larger drink containers, thanks for making those!

    Jul 21, 2016 Reply
  12. I really like my turtle straw. I use it all the time.

    Marjorie
    Jul 21, 2016 Reply
  13. I was brought up to recycle, reuse, repurpose. Use my klean Kanteens, Yeti cups with my new glass straw. Take our own cups in for take out ice tea. I gently persuade people to re think and take recyclables out of trash and put in recycle bin that is next to trash can. Pick up other people’s kick and recycle it.

    Kim
    Jul 25, 2016 Reply
  14. My moto is refuse reuse recycle. And most of the rest goes in my compost pile.
    I organized together with a friend a coffegrounds pick up system from my coffeeshop and together with 2 friends we put in a people petition against single use plastic bags. And the townhall voted yes. (After a lot of educating and fightung) So no more plastic bags in my town.

    Brigitte Griffin
    Jul 27, 2016 Reply
  15. We love our glass straws!

    Zanna
    Jul 27, 2016 Reply
  16. California could definitely use a water solution. I gave up showering for most of the week just so I can water my plants, and I can’t just get rid of the plants, because they make the bees and hummingbirds happy. @___@
    Luckily, recycling is made easy in California. Most of our houshold “trash” is recyclable, so our recycle bin is more than twice the size of our trash bin.

    Kathleen Jones
    Jul 27, 2016 Reply
    • Fellow Californian here. I second you on the water thing! But you’re also right that our recycling options are way better than many places. When I visit family in other states, I’m shocked at what they just throw away!

      Diana
      Jul 29, 2016 Reply
  17. I’m loving my reusable glass straws!!

    Palom
    Jul 27, 2016 Reply
  18. Glass straws, sandwich wrap made of cotton fabric and beeswax (lasts for months!),cooking from scratch (less packaging), second-hand goods, no waste when it comes to food, my nice string bag for shopping – the cool thing is, all this stuff is so much more beautiful than cheap, throwaway stuff anyway – and it’s a positive step taken for the environment.

    Jessica Macauley
    Jul 27, 2016 Reply
    • Jessica, You are the lucky winner! Check your email for your $15 Strawesome Gift Certificate.

      Strawesome
      Jul 31, 2016 Reply
  19. I use my straw in my large thermal cup to take my fresh brewed ice tea to work every day.

    Sally
    Jul 27, 2016 Reply
  20. Such a cool initiative to be teaching students. We use reusable water bottles, recycle and compost at home.

    Rian Hart
    Jul 27, 2016 Reply
  21. We use reusable water bottles and our glass straws of course. We also pack lunches and snacks in reusable containers. I’ve been wanting to compost but have no idea how to start or where we could put a compost pile in our yard where our dogs won’t get into it! It would be great fertilizer for our yard and small garden.

    Amanda Alvarado
    Jul 27, 2016 Reply
  22. What a great idea. I wish PLAN was around when I was in college. We implement several recycle, reduce and reuse habits at home and while away but could be better at it. This article is a wake up call for sure!

    Cathleen
    Jul 27, 2016 Reply
  23. We recycle everything we can. Our community has recycle programs for most trash, and we have been using our glass straws reusable containers when possible. We also compost all of our kitchen waste and use it for fertilizer in our garden.

    Linda Thomas
    Jul 27, 2016 Reply
  24. All great comments! I reuse a lot of the items others list. I also turned Kombucha jars into water bottles and started making my iwn, so I fon’t have to buy it. I bring my I my glass Pyrex to a restaurant to use instead of Styrofoam. I refuse to buy coffee or tea if it is in styrofoam. I go without. Not only do I not want the waste, I also hate the taste. However, there is so much more to do!

    Leslie Dick
    Jul 27, 2016 Reply
  25. I use reusable containers in my lunch everyday. I also use my glass bottles and straws!

    Abby
    Jul 27, 2016 Reply
  26. We have been using Strawsome glass straws for a couple years now and love being easier free in our lifestyle. Recycle is my middle name practically. Our family of 6 buys only gently used clothes.

    Jul 27, 2016 Reply
  27. I buy in bulk as much as I can. I wash out and reuse all my glass jars and plastic containers. Whatever I can’t reuse goes in the recycle bin or gets put aside to use in my art. I love to use all sorts of “garbage” in my art. I make sure my children know why we live like we do and teach them to respect the earth and all of it’s resources.

    Alyssa Mueller
    Jul 28, 2016 Reply
  28. It is wonderful to see that young people are stepping up to solve the waste crisis on their campuses. I remember back in the 90’s when I was in college, the waste just drove me crazy.

    Rachel Clarke
    Jul 28, 2016 Reply
  29. We compost, recycle, reuse, repair or repurpose as much as possible, acquire secondhand items often, and pass on or donate usable goods we no longer need. We have reusable water bottles and I also use glass straws. My daily favorite is my Strawesome skinny straw for sipping my homemade cold tea year round! 🙂

    Diane
    Jul 28, 2016 Reply
  30. We do everything we can to conserve and reduce cost. In a family with 5 children there are always diapers hanging on the line to dry and composting to do. Nothing is wasted..the chickens eat the table scraps and we reap the benefits of eggs. Win win!

    Brandie
    Jul 28, 2016 Reply
  31. You have to start with the kids. Getting kids fired up is where it’s at. We teachers complained about styrofoam plates for years. When a 5th grader girl got kids and parents to sign a petition to go back to reusable trays, it happened.

    DeAnn L Saykawlard
    Jul 28, 2016 Reply
  32. I love that PLAN is focused on educating our youth. We refill our glass water bottles all day long! And our strawsome straws make our breakfast smoothies that much more delicious! Our kids use reusable lunch containers at school…no plastic baggies or garbage from us. Keep up the great work!

    Kristina
    Jul 28, 2016 Reply
  33. We are reusable water bottles all the way! We take lunches in re-usable boxes, not bags.

    Loretta Armstrong
    Jul 28, 2016 Reply
  34. It was sad for me to learn that overall Americans only recycle about 34% of our waste; I know we can do so much better! And projects like PLAN give me hope that there are others in our great country who feel the same. It takes all of our effort, from us “little guys” like the other people who left inspiring comments, to big businesses and larger corporations who don’t yet understand the extent of their contribution to the waste problem. WE CAN DO IT!!

    Shannon
    Jul 28, 2016 Reply
  35. I’ve gotten pretty good in my kitchen, using my Mason jars for nearly everything (and other reusable options for the few things that don’t fit in jars), but I’m still struggling to figure out how to avoid wasting worn out clothing. I don’t need more quilts, but I feel horrible just tossing things I can’t wear any more due to holes!

    Diana
    Jul 29, 2016 Reply
  36. I think it’s awesome that PLAN is helping to educate -we should have more like it. I love, love, love my glass straw set,mason jars, and stainless steel plates. Along with my compost pail, which I add to a bin next to our garden to turn into black gold before adding to the garden!

    Kelly Hilliard
    Jul 29, 2016 Reply
  37. The winner is Jessica M! Thanks everyone for your comments and more importantly embracing little by little a waste free lifestyle!

    Strawesome
    Jul 31, 2016 Reply
  38. Teaching our two to recycle at home. Never to young to start!

    Sherri
    Aug 2, 2016 Reply

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