Three-Step Straw Initiative
Building Straw Integrity
As plastic-straw usage reduction gains high-profile media attention, Ei partnered with Ei Strategic Ally One More Generation (OMG) | One Less Straw (OLS) for the Three-Step Straw Initiative (TSSI) with a slated early summer 2019 launch. Beyond plastic-straw usage reduction, TSSI addresses the straw content and end-of-life destination and aligns with Ei Era of Regeneration Soil Health and Water Use | Toxicity platforms.
The TSSI includes the following steps:
• Step 1- REDUCE straw usage
• Step 2 – SHIFT to paper straws
• Step 3 – COMPOST used straws
OMG will encourage OLS participants to further decrease their straw-usage impact by joining the TSSI and shifting from plastic to paper straws. If there is food-waste collection for compost available, OLS participants are encouraged to engage in food-waste collection. Thus, the paper straws contribute to local, quality compost versus another material filling up the landfills or worse the waterways.
Ei-recruited participants are required to take the OLS pledge as their first TSSI step.
With perfect timing, Green Planet Straws joined the Ei Partner program to support the TSSL shift from plastic to paper straws. OLS participants proved that serving straws only upon request reduces overall straw consumption by 70 – 75%. Thus, the shift to paper straws is essentially cost-neutral as the usage reduction compensates for the higher paper-straw cost.
The TSSI is a perfect avenue for former Zero Waste Zones (ZWZ) participants to take their sustainability commitment to the next level. For ZWZ participants, Step 3 – COMPOST is already in place. Thus, cost-neutral Steps 1 & 2 are an easy-to-implement endeavor.
The RiA Magazine article, Three Steps to Straw Integrity, substantiates the microplastic-pollution crisis and introduces the TSSI.
An “easy-win” first step in eradicating single-use plastic food & beverage packaging
TSSI Acting Chair:
Kevan Johnston, Green Planet Straws CEO / Partner
The TSSI Team consists of a trusted team with deep-rooted Ei relationships:
- Holly Elmore – Ei Founder
- Tim Trefzer – Ei Leadership & Georgia World Congress Center Authority Director of Sustainability
- Kim Charick – EPA Region 4 Physical Scientist
- Kevan Johnston – TSSI Chair & Green Planet Straws CEO / Partner
- Joe Yurchukonis – Rogue Spirit Owner
- Dawn Rogers – Green Planet Straws Sales Director
With an early summer 2019 slated launch, the TSSI Team is meeting with ZWZ Participants and other strong industry connections to secure their Founding TSSI Participant status.