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Just Say No To Straws

Mar 05, 2018 10:10PM ● By Louisa Asseo

Dr. Louisa Asseo, owner of Oasis Veterinary Hospital, 6635 Alhambra Ave, Suite 100, 925.954.8087

Just Say No To Straws

Oasis Veterinary Hospital enjoyed their second annual spring fieldtrip this weekend. Last year, we ventured to the coast for a tour of the Marine Mammal Center. This year, our amazing team went for a hike at Ano Nuevo State Park to see the breeding grounds of the northern elephant seal. 

We then cruised back up the coast for a late lunch in Half Moon Bay. Aside from beautiful ocean views, delicious meals, and great company, there was one other thing that stood out to me about this restaurant. Our beverages were served with paper straws! This may seem like a funny thing to be excited about, but as a consumer that tries to remember to ask for no straw when dining out, having a business take the initiative to ban plastic straws on their own warmed my heart. 

Over the last 20 years, our use of plastic straws has skyrocketed. Every day in just our country, over 500,000,000 straws are used and discarded. Most of these straws are not recyclable, nor do we as consumers think of trying to recycle them. As a result, they can end up in our landfills and in our oceans. Plastic straws are one of the top 10 items picked up at coastal cleanups. It is estimated that 70% of seabirds alone have been found to have plastic in their stomachs. If this plastic ends up in the ocean, sea turtles and other fish can eat it, resulting in blockages and starvation. 

An easy solution for all of us is to ask for no straw when we dine out. Or if you need a straw to enjoy your beverage, bring your own. Many companies are making reusable straws that you can carry with you. These straws are made from renewable sources such as bamboo or stainless steel. They are dishwasher safe and even come with their own brush to clean the insides. Yes, this takes more effort on our part, but once you have seen the video of a sea turtle having a plastic straw dislodged from his nose, it is easy to see how a few seconds of our time and a bit more mindfulness about our habits can save the lives of those we share our world with. 

After a lovely day on the coast with the stellar team of Oasis Veterinary Hospital, I am elated and humbled that places are taking the initiative to help our planet. I am reminded that we all can make a big difference with small actions daily.

Dr. Louisa Asseo, owner of Oasis Veterinary Hospital, 6635 Alhambra Ave, Suite 100, 925.954.8087,



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