Water-Related News

Last Straw looks to eliminate single-use plastics

TEAM Punta Gorda is pleased to be participating in a wonderful project initiated by the Punta Gorda Isles Civic Association with the potential to have a great impact. Other partners in this effort are the Charlotte Harbor National Estuary Program, the Punta Gorda Rotary, the Peace River Wildlife Center, the Charlotte Harbor Environmental Center, and Smart Growth Punta Gorda.

The purpose of the project is to reduce plastic pollution, both in our waterways and on land. We hope to stimulate awareness of our over-dependence on disposable plastic service items, to teach eco-friendly behaviors and to help us all begin to change some of our habits by using biodegradable products.

Single-use plastic items are one of the biggest threats to our environment. Plastic grocery bags, single-use water bottles, and straws are some of the most common litter seen strewn about any neighborhood and are especially dangerous in an area such as Southwest Florida that is surrounded by water. Our estuary and our shoreline are among the greatest economic assets we have in this region. We must all be aware of our part in protecting these resources.