“The Last Straw” movement is: 

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  1. an effort to curb plastic pollution in our community (starting with Downtown Springfield and Commercial St.)

  2. to encourage practical & economic long-term business decisions, while giving consumers more choices

  3. educate citizens of the risks that plastics pose to our natural environment and everyday health & happiness

 

Not a moment, it's a movement

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The James River Basin Partnership, White River Brewing Company, and Queen City Pub Crawls believe a commitment of change in our community will lead to reducing the use and distribution of single-use plastics - which are rapidly emerging as a very real, and very visible, source of pollution.

The mountains of discarded single use plastic generated from on-premise businesses is significant, and daily - that mountain continues to get bigger and bigger. 

 Photo taken by the James River Basin Partnership during a single afternoon urban stream clean-up at Wilson's Creek - finding over 400 separate single-use plastic items. 

Photo taken by the James River Basin Partnership during a single afternoon urban stream clean-up at Wilson's Creek - finding over 400 separate single-use plastic items. 

“The Last Straw” recognizes Springfield's part in this global, national, and local problem of single-use plastic consumption. The investment in alternative restaurant-ware will benefit our community’s health, happiness, and safety by reducing human impact on our natural environment, including protecting and preserving groundwater and surface water (streams, lakes, creeks, etc.).  This investment will also work towards reducing everyday restaurant business costs, such as septic and grease trap repairs, while promoting supply & demand to lower prices for alternative restaurant-ware in the Springfield region.


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