December 18, 2018
Rossilynne Culgan

Thousands of used straws collected from Pittsburgh restaurants fill a small office in Homewood ready to be assembled into a giant aquatic-themed sculpture to raise awareness of plastic waste.

“The straw is just an easy way to find a starting point to make a difference,” Rebecca Bykoski, program manager of Sustainable Pittsburgh Restaurant, said about Straw Forward, which collected and cleaned 25,000 used straws from nearly 40 local restaurants, universities, and hospitals from July until October.

Bykoski hopes the project will “spark some meaningful conversations of plastic use and single-use plastics” and help “people as individuals understand what they can do to make a difference.”

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