Franklin Middle School students campaigning against straw waste

Franklin Middle School First LEGO League Team 14757 Robo-Turtle-Bots has researched problems related to the world’s trash as part of the 2015 FLL Challenge and decided to take a new spin on campaigning against straw waste.

They have written both the national corporate office of McDonald’s Corporation as well as the three local McDonald’s businesses asking to talk to them about curtailing the company’s global straw waste. Straws are not recyclable, are typically only used once and are one of the top ten items choking the world’s oceans, harming sea turtles and other creatures. The team learned that McDonald’s Corporation hands out 60 million straws a day worldwide and they have suggested that McDonald’s Corporation take a hint from The State of California recent programs that require stores charge for non-reusable bags.

The Team hopes to share their efforts with people locally and as far as their social media page on Facebook will take their campaign. They hope that by charging for straws instead of just handing them out that there will be less waste. When asked what they would use instead of a straw their reply was simple, “just take the lid off!”

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