Thursday the Chicago White Sox announced their plan to ‘Go Green’ by removing plastic straws from their ballpark for the remainder of the 2018 season, starting on Earth Day – April 22nd.
Teaming up with Shedd’s Aquarium the White Sox expect to remove 215,000 straws from being used throughout the season, which are non-biodegradable naturally in the environment and can cause irreversible harm to the ecosystem.
Brooks Boyer, Chicago’s senior vice president of sales and marketing, stated in a press conference, “We are honored to be the first ballpark to take the step of reducing our single-use plastic straws for nearly a full season, but we certainly hope that we will not be the last as there is more work to be done to protect our environment.”
Earth Day is a time every year where the world comes together to help raise awareness for our planet. Fundraisers take place, trees are planted, and community days are organized to clean local communities and waterways towards making a cleaner, greener Earth.
“We commend the White Sox for helping us highlight small changes like ‘Shedding the Straw’ that can make a huge impact for the health of our oceans, lakes and rivers. We are proud to stand as a partner for organizations and individuals looking for ways they can help aquatic animals,” stated Dr. Bridget Coughlin, president and CEO of Shedd Aquarium, during the same press conference.
Shedd Aquarium will be in attendance at the game on April 22nd to educate stadium-goers, and hand out prizes, to help educate people about the benefits of having a healthy Earth.
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