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Session of 2019 - 2020 Regular Session


Posted: May 7, 2019 10:02 AM
From: Representative Leanne Krueger
To: All House members
Subject: Co-Sponsorship: Resolution that designates June 1, 2019 as “Skip the Straw Day” in Pennsylvania
Plastic debris harms more than 1,200 species across the globe. Plastics, micro-plastics, and plastic fibers contaminate mountain peaks, landfills, and ocean trenches. These materials and particles infiltrate our soil, our drinking water, and the air we breathe. Contributing to this crisis, Americans generate waste from an estimated 500 million single-use disposable plastic straws. To put this into greater context, 500 million single-use straws is enough to fill over 46,400 full sized school buses per year.

Working in collaboration with a class of fourth graders at Wallingford Elementary School in Delaware County, I plan to introduce a Resolution that designates June 1, 2019 as “Skip the Straw Day” in Pennsylvania. Broader actions to reduce plastic waste in our great Commonwealth must involve small actions like increasing awareness to change human habits. As parents, lawmakers, and citizens, we should all agree that educating our constituencies regarding the harmful long-term effects of single-use straws and other plastics to our environment should be of the utmost importance.

With that said, I encourage you to please join me in co-sponsoring this Resolution so we can begin the process of reducing the harmful effects of single-use plastic straws here at home by “skipping the straw” one day at a time.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Takesha Latham in my Harrisburg office at (717) 705-2567.

Introduced as HR327