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Strawless on Sanibel welcomes new partners

By Staff | May 18, 2018


Coastal Keepers’ newest initiative is called Strawless on Sanibel, a campaign designed to reduce the use of disposable plastic straws on the islands and educate the public about the harm single-use disposable plastics can cause to wildlife and the environment.

The organization partners with local businesses that have pledged to transition away from plastic straws, providing support and guidance throughout the implementation process.

Coastal Keepers recently announced that Casa Ybel Resort, Sundial Beach Resort & Spa, Traders “T2” and Lighthouse Caf have signed on to participate in the initiative. They join Bailey’s General Store, Doc Ford’s Rum Bar & Grill, East End Deli, Sanibel Caf, Sanibel Fresh and The Sanibel Sprout.

A representative from each new partner business provided a statement explaining why they made the decision to eliminate plastic straws:

“We are proud to work with Coastal Keepers to raise awareness of the problems that single-use plastics pose to wildlife, our oceans and beaches,” Froilan Ramirez Jr., with the Casa Ybel Resort, said.

“Sundial Beach Resort & Spa is dedicated to conserving and protecting this beautiful island that we call home. The resort has been a Florida Department of Environmental Protection designated Florida Green Lodging property for some time now and Coastal Keepers’ Strawless on Sanibel aligns with our commitment to protect our natural resources and wildlife. In evaluating our operations, we continuously look for ways to improve our environmental performance and reducing beach litter through the strawless initiative is a simple way to make a big impact,” Phillip Starling, with Sundial Beach Resort & Spa, said.

“When we opened Traders ‘T2’ at the Village Shops on Sanibel, it was the perfect opportunity to become more environmentally responsible and use paper straws,” Roseanne Giordani, with Traders “T2,” said.

“As a lifelong citizen of Sanibel who was raised to appreciate and protect wildlife, I recognize the dangers of some of the previously accepted practices that in fact endanger wildlife and pollute our environment. I am in favor of any reasonable legislation that protects against harm to wildlife and the environment,” Michael Billheimer, with Lighthouse Caf, said.

“We hope that community members will thank our participating businesses for their environmental leadership on Sanibel Island,” project coordinator Sam Lucas said.

For more information, email coastalkeeepers@sanibelseaschool.org or visit sancapcoastalkeepers.org.