Skip the Straw
Did you know that Mayor Steve Schewel has proclaimed that March is “No Straws Month”? Lots of single-use plastic ends up polluting waterways and oceans, and straws often impale fish and other wildlife. And of course, disposable plastic has also become a litter problem on city streets, parks, and even along highway systems. the City of Durham, Don’t Waste Durham, Keep Durham Beautiful, the Duke Environmental Law and Policy Clinic, Hana Lee (floral designers), and Durham Originals are partnering to encourage us to reduce the amount of plastic that we use once and throw away.
There’s a “Skip the Straw” pledge on Keep Durham Beautiful’s website that asks Durham residents to declare: “For the month of March, I pledge to reduce and eliminate my use of single-use plastic straws. By refusing single-use plastic straws, I am helping to eliminate plastic pollution that ends up in our oceans and waterways.” An alternative to plastic straws are stainless-steel ones that you can buy for $3 each on Don’t Waste Durham’s website.
So far, these local businesses have joined the Skip the Straw campaign and have taken the pledge: Pompieri Pizza, Bull City Burger & Brewery, Bull McCabe’s Irish Pub, The Cotton Room, Eno River Association, DoubleTree by Hilton’s Mansion on the Hill, Cocoa Cinnamon, 140 Salon and Blow Dry Bar, Lionstone Realty LLC Powered by eXp Realty, Pie Pushers, Burt’s Bees, the Merry Franksters, and the Hux Family Farm.
Open mic delight
Young comedian Donovan “DonJohn” Johnson had a successful outing at one of the weekly open mics at Sam’s Quik Shop (1605 Erwin Rd, just off Main St) on Saturday, January 27. A former member of the DSI comedy club in Chapel Hill, Johnson says that he plans to perform at other open mics while eyeing the comedy club that replaced DSI, the PIT.
Let’s help our neighbors
Here are some local crowdfunding campaigns. Watch the videos, and if you can spare a few dollars, I’m sure that any of these projects would appreciate your financial support.
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