One Small Step to Help Animals

Want to know how you can help the planet? #SheddTheStraw to protect our waters and the animals that call them home!

A single plastic straw might not seem like much, but the 500 million straws Americans use every day add up to a big problem for our oceans, lakes and rivers. These single-use plastics can't be recycled, and once they're in the environment, they never disappear, harming aquatic habitats and wildlife.

You can help. Say no to single-use plastic straws and switch to reusable or compostable alternatives. Take the plastic pledge with Shedd—and share your commitment on social with #SheddTheStraw—to make a difference for the planet we all share.

Inspired to act? Take the next step and become a Sheddvocate! We'll share actions that you, your family and community can take to protect our aquatic world and ensure our waters are healthy and thriving.

How can you help?

Midas Cichlid
#SheddTheStraw to protect our waters and the animals that call them home! See our FAQ!

Sea otter
Become a restaurant or business Shedd the Straw collaborator


Family on beach
Join a beach cleanup on an upcoming Shedd Great Lakes Action Day.


Small frog
Pledge to act with Shedd as a Sheddvocate!