Saint Mary’s to go ‘strawless’ to help protect the environment

January 16, 2018 (Notre Dame, Ind.) — Plastic straws have negative environmental consequences — and Saint Mary’s is doing something about it. Beginning Monday, January 15, plastic straws will no longer be provided in the College’s Dining Hall.

The campaign launched by President Jan Cervelli, Carolyn Arcuri ’18 and Kristhel Torre ’18 and Sodexo Saint Mary’s helps combat plastic waste by limiting the use of straws on campus. It’s estimated that Americans throw away 500 million plastic straws every day.

“Disposable straws are piling up in landfills and harming the environment, adding substantially to the tons of plastic waste discharged into the ocean and lakes every year,” Cervelli said. “If you can make a choice to skip using a plastic straw, why not? And if you can make this one choice, maybe you can do even more.”

Director of Dining Services Sodexo Saint Mary’s Ken Acosta is looking into providing reusable straws for purchase. Eco-friendlier options include glass, silicone or stainless-steel washable straws.

Straws are still available at cafes on campus, but the Saint Mary’s community is encouraged to avoid using them. To join the movement on social media, use the hashtag #SkipTheStraw, and check out the anti-straw advocacy organization The Last Plastic Straw

About Saint Mary's College: Saint Mary’s College, Notre Dame, Ind., is a four-year, Catholic, residential, women’s liberal arts college offering five bachelor’s degrees and more than 30 major areas of study, such as business, nursing, art, chemistry, and social work. Saint Mary’s College also offers two graduate degrees: a Master of Science and a Doctorate. All programs that fall under these degrees are co-educational and include a Master of Science in Data Science, a Master of Science in Speech Language Pathology, and a Doctorate of Nursing Practice. Founded in 1844 by the Sisters of the Holy Cross, Saint Mary’s College seeks, according to its mission statement, to educate students, develop their talents, and prepare them to make a difference in the world. Follow Saint Mary's College on Twitter @saintmarys and @saintmarysnews.

Contact for News Media: Haleigh Ehmsen, Assistant Director of Integrated Communications, Saint Mary’s College, hehmsen@saintmarys.edu (574) 284-5343