August 20, 2018
Bill O’Toole

Did you sip from a disposable straw today? While Starbucks is busy phasing them out and Amazon is selling a rainbow of stainless steel options to replace landfill-clogging plastic straws, Pittsburgh’s restaurants are taking an even more creative approach.

They’re making something beautiful.

The Straw Forward campaign is combining environmental advocacy with public art by collecting used straws from more than two dozen Pittsburgh restaurants. They’ve been collecting the straws since June, and will continue into the fall, when they’ll hand over the mass of disposable plastic to the design and marketing agency Shift Collaborative.

Shift’s team will then fashion them into a large-scale piece of public art.

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