For Immediate Release
Washington, DC

Defenders of Wildlife joins hundreds of nonprofit organizations and businesses to combat plastic pollution by becoming a partner in the OneLessStraw Campaign. This movement is a commitment to reducing the consumption of single-use plastic straws, one of the most common items polluting our oceans.

The following statement is from Jamie Rappaport Clark, president and CEO of Defenders of Wildlife:

“Single-use straws symbolize one of the greatest problems plaguing our oceans. Every day plastic pollution wreaks havoc on our marine wildlife. Birds ingest microplastics floating at the ocean surface, sea turtles have been found with plastic straws buried in their nostrils and whales starve from plastic building up in their stomachs.

“By partnering with the OneLessStraw Campaign, Defenders adds our voice to the call for responsible plastic consumption. If forgoing a straw will save a sea turtle, we will choose the turtle.”


The OneLessStraw campaign strives to educate the public about the dangers of single-use plastic straws, its effects on our health, our environment, and our oceans. This campaign asks individuals, schools and businesses to take the OneLessStraw pledge and go strawless for 30 days (or offer alternatives).

Check out how the OneLessStraw campaign works.

Defenders of Wildlife is dedicated to the protection of all native animals and plants in their natural communities. With over 1.8 million members and activists, Defenders of Wildlife is a leading advocate for innovative solutions to safeguard our wildlife heritage for generations to come. For more information, visit and follow us on Twitter @Defenders.

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