Surfrider to Launch 'Strawless Summer'

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An effort is underway to reduce the number of plastic straws used on the East End, and restaurants are getting involved in the cause.  

Surfrider Foundation's eastern Long Island chapter is launching the "strawless summer" on Tuesday with a party and screening of the film "Straws," described as a colorful history of straws, narrated by the Oscar winner Tim Robbins. The film discusses plastic pollutions and empowers viewers to be part of the solution.

The screening times are 6:15 and 7 p.m. at Provisions in Sag Harbor. There is a $5 suggested donation. A happy hour will be held at Page at 63 Main, also in Sag Harbor, from 6 to 8 p.m. 

Surfrider plans to celebrate the restaurants that are cutting down on the use of plastic straws. According to Surfrider, Dockside Bar and Grill in Sag Harbor has pledged to go completely strawless, while other restaurants, like Provisions, the Montauk Beach House, the Westlake Fish House in Montauk, and Pierre's and Almond in Bridgehampton, will only offer biodegradable paper straws on request. 

During a beach cleanup in Greenport, Surfrider reported finding 922 plastic straws. Not only does plastic not biodegrade, the toxins from plastics that have broken down are ingested by marine life that make it into the food we consume. 

Restaurant patrons can help too, the foundation said. When eating out, Surfrider suggests, remind the server that you don't need a straw. The foundation also asks people to support restaurants participating in the effort and to spread the word through social media using the hashtag #StrawlessSummerELI.

Those interested in pledging their restaurants can find information at easternLI.surfrider.org.