Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico - If you need proof that social media works, consider the banning of straws in many restaurants in Puerto Vallarta. Some have moved to alternatives, such as paper/wax straws, which are biodegradable, and less damaging to the environment, marine life and animals.
There are establishments who will only give customers these types of straws if they are requested; not freely offering them. Others are using clever substitutes. Like the bamboo tubes used at the Vallarta Botanical Garden, for example.
The Save the Sea Turtle Foundation started out in 1987 as a national project and has hit its stride as a global group, creating awareness not just for sea turtles. They are dedicated to disseminating educational information about our marine ecosystems and how we are slowly destroying our ocean environments. Continual publication of graphic photos on the Internet and social media, showing the damage and death to turtles, birds, fish and all types of sea life, has brought attention to the cause of the destruction.
People around the world are acting. Straws are a symbol. There is so much garbage floating around the planet, it's impossible to describe in a short venue such as ours. We do know that taking a walk on the beach in Puerto Vallarta, and picking up garbage and debris along the way, is an eye-opening experience.
In Puerto Vallarta, it began with one small restaurant. They let their customers know they would no longer provide drinking straws. It quickly caught on to the degree there are now hotels, resorts and businesses attached to the movement. Check out #sinpopote, which means "without straw" in Spanish.
There are alternatives. You can buy stainless steel straws that include a cleaner and case. We personally have a glass straw, a gift from a stateside friend; it is sturdy, non-breakable and comes with a money back guarantee. Hummingbird Glass Straws is another company, easily found on a Google search; they have straws with cute little animals, characters and decorations. Keep an eye out for them in the stores in and around Puerto Vallarta, or order on Amazon.
New York City is now considering a ban on straws. In Puerto Vallarta, we are ahead of the game. With locals, residents, and tourists joining together, we can make a difference. Next up: Plastic bags. Que cómo es es.
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