June 8 marks World Oceans Day, a day where people around the world come together to celebrate our ocean that connects us all. On this year’s World Oceans Day, Georgia Aquarium is encouraging guests and fans to make the move to metal straws and pledge to not use plastic straws anymore. Plastic-related waste is consistent in the pollution and destruction of our oceans and marine animals with plastic straws being some of the worst offenders. On average, Americans use 8 million pounds of trash a year and the majority of that ends up in the ocean.

Every day, Georgia Aquarium promotes environmentally friendly and sustainable choices, whether it be taking public transportation or saying no to single-use plastics. We do not provide single-use plastic straws for guests within the Aquarium as a part of our initiative to decrease plastic straw usage.

You can take the pledge and say NO to single-use plastic straws and say YES to metal straws, and a safer, cleaner environment for our friends in the ocean. To stay up-to-date on the conversation, follow the hashtags #WorldOceansDay #PlasticSucks and #MoveToMetal. Be sure to follow us on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.