'Strawless Santa Fe' campaign sparks interest | KOB 4

'Strawless Santa Fe' campaign sparks interest

Marian Camacho
April 13, 2018 05:24 PM

SANTA FE, N.M. – Could Santa Fe soon be strawless? That’s the hope of one city councilor and a student who's turned the initiative into her senior project.


Councilor Peter Ives has proposed a measure encouraging businesses to discontinue the use of plastic straws.  According to our partners at the Santa Fe New Mexican, the idea actually comes from 32-year-old Amber Morningstar Byars.

Byars is a senior at the Institute of American Indian Arts and her senior project is simply called Strawless Santa Fe.  Inspired by the city of Seattle, her campaign calls on diners and restaurants to steer away from using plastic straws.  Hundreds of businesses jumped onboard, eventually leading to an all-out ban of the straws that will go into effect this summer.

As a part of her project, Byars has created a website detailing the initiative and offering alternatives to plastic straws and has even started a petition asking people to jump on board and #stopsucking. So far the petition has received 52 signatures.


Marian Camacho

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