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!


Sample tweets to support your local businesses

  • I’m proud to patronize @_____, who #SheddTheStraw to cut down on their plastic usage! This #FirstStep makes a big difference, but there’s always more we can do. Learn more at 
  • Restaurants like @____ have made strides in cutting back their plastic usage by providing straws only on request to those who need them! #SheddTheStraw is a great #FirstStep in the fight against plastic pollution. 
  • Not only does @___ #SheddTheStraw, but I do too! Saying no to straws if you can is a #FirstStep toward plastic reduction, and every person makes a difference. Find out what else you can do at