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You Don't Have to See the Ocean to Protect the Ocean

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Biosyntrx went ​strawless​​​ ​last September to help protect the oceans and we found it easy and are now even more passionately committed to heath, fitness, aging well, and the sustainability of life on a healthy planet. We are not just anti-straw, we’re anti single-use plastics.

Ditching plastic straws is gaining more and more steam amongst business owners who are concerned about their impact on the environment. The city of Seattle announced last year that they would forgo plastic straws for the entire month of September. Being the forward thinking thought-leaders they are, a number of other cities, companies, and a growing number of individuals joined them.


The initiative for the city to abandon straws was initiated by an organization started by actor Adrian Grenier dedicated to marine wildlife education.Their delightfully fun campaign involved asking people to accept their challenge to "Stop Sucking."

As a part of the initiative, businesses and “cultural icons” have committed to using marine degradable alternatives to the usual single-use straws made out of plastic. Biosyntrx elected to do the same in the ophthalmic sector. We invited ophthalmic “thought leaders” and individual users of our products to join us in our corporate and individual quest to help save our seas and the animals therein from plastic, including plastic straws.


The campaign was meant to result in a “radical reduction of plastic straw consumption.” It was the first project of its kind that supported Strawless Ocean’s initiative to remove 500 million plastic straws from the U.S. waste stream in 2017.


For more information on how you individually, or your city, town or company can join the free "Stop Sucking" program visit  Lonely Whale Foundation. 

Ellen Troyer, Spencer Thornton, MD, David Amess and the Biosyntrx staff

Major Kudos to Dell for their commitment to social good, clean seas, and to the Lonely Whale Foundation. For this, we and all the fish in the sea are grateful. 


The success of our own "Strawless in September" commitment taught us that giving up single use and other plastic was not as hard as we thought it might be.  It seems that almost weekly more and more alternatives to plastic are becoming available from small innovative companies like Biosyntrx.  Given that the EU has now committed to ban the sale of single-use plastic by 2019, we suggest a worldwide movement has started and we thank National Geographic for the article and use of their May, 2018 cover graphic.

FYI: Unfortunately, even biodegradable plastic requires oxygen to decompose, so putting biodegradable plastic in trash that goes to a landfill is almost the same as putting regular plastic in the trash because almost nothing biodegrades in a landfill. The good news is that plastic labeled compostables are now accepted at most city composting centers, and environmentally speaking, well worth the extra money and expense, when it comes to individual responsibility for saving our planet for future generations.  Here in Colorado Springs, Best Way Disposable now offers commercial composting services, as do a number of other new centers. However, even though compostable biodegradable plastic is better than regular, no plastic is even better than that.  Here is a link to fully compostable biodegradable alternatives to plastic that breaks down within 180 days in commercial compostable centers.  

Fortunately for the oceans, scientists from Japan, England and the U.S. are stepping up to the plate and collectively looking for ways to solve our planet's plastic crisis, including a newly engineered plastic-digesting enzyme named PETase, that could be the recycling saviour our environment needs. The findings of this research were published in the January 24, 2017 Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 

An ethical bottled water company we are watching called CHOOSE WATER with a new CHOOSE2 "Saving the Ocean, One Bottle at a Time, tag line is worth serious consideration. Not only are the bottles they now use completely biodegradable and sustainable without composting, they are spearheading a new blue movement of zero impact waste. And, CHOOSE WATER donates all profits to a non-profit charity partner, Water For Africa

Doing well, while doing good!