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Table Talk: Saving The World, One Straw At A Time

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On Fridays, The Huffington Post presents a compelling topic to spark discussion at your dinner table.

Just because you’re young doesn’t mean you can’t make a difference — just ask Milo Cress. The 10-year-old from Burlington, VT realized that a local restaurant was giving straws to customers even if they didn’t use them. What started as an attempt to cut back on straw waste locally has transformed into an impressive campaign to cut back on the over 500 million straws the world uses in a single day.

Since Milo started the project in 2011, he has met with members of Congress, was recognized by the National Restaurant Association for his “offer first” policy, and says he has restaurants in 30 countries interested in joining together with BeStrawFree. And talk about results: in restaurants that have adopted his policy, owners see a 50-80% drop in straw use, keeping innumerable plastic straws from entering the environment.

Questions for discussion:

* What plastics do we use on a regular basis?

* How can we cut back on plastic in our family?

* Is there a cause you believe in that you could turn into a campaign like Milo’s?

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