The Last Straw


You may be shocked to learn that each year up to 12 billion tons of plastic trash end up in God’s oceans. For us things have reached a tipping point — the last straw.

From a biblical perspective, “trash” is an affront to the glory of God; it mars the beauty of God’s creation; it diminishes the witness of creation. We think we “throw” so-called trash “away.” But what that really means is we no longer see it — literally out of sight, out of mind.

But God is not mocked; there is no “away” from God’s sight; there is no “away” in God’s creation. Trash always ends up somewhere, and that somewhere belongs to God. It’s as if we sneak into God’s backyard and pile all our trash there and then pretend like it never happened.

The things we label as “trash” are really failures of stewardship, failures to treat God’s creation as He does, which is our calling as images or reflections of God’s will here on Earth. The way God created things, everything is “recycled.” There is no trash. God doesn't make junk.

Unfortunately, we do. And when we look at the magnitude of the problem, we quickly see it’s much too big for any one of us alone. What can one person do about a yearly deluge of up to 12 billion tons of plastic trash?

You can join with us by taking The Last Straw Campaign Pledge! No need to feel overwhelmed, because the journey of repentance begins with a single step, and the Lord is with us as we go. The first step is for all of us to stop using plastic drinking straws and to politely decline them when out at restaurants. This may not seem like much, but even one straw can adversely impact the life of one of God’s sea creatures such as a sea turtle

Meet our Mascot, Terry! This e-book introduces The Last Straw to children and encourages them to think about stewardship!

The momentum for action is building. Many businesses and restaurants, such as Walt Disney’s Animal Kingdom, have banned plastic straws. Cities like Fort Myers, FL, have too.

We’ve reaching a tipping point, the last straw — the last plastic drinking straw, that is.

Help us get Terry into the hands of children! Give today to help us print and distribute this resource!

Take the Pledge

The first command given by God to humanity was to be good stewards of His creation, to image or reflect how He would rule (Gen. 1:28). The mountains of plastic trash in God’s oceans is an affront to his glory and a failure of our stewardship. Each journey of repentance begins with a single step. Jesus taught, “Whoever is faithful in a very little is faithful also in much” (Lk 16:10).

Therefore, I pledge to:

  • Decline straws at restaurants and other food/beverage establishments.
  • Phase out my use at home.
  • Consider going deeper, such as:
  • Asking local restaurants to only provide straws when customers request them.
  • Asking elected officials and the local and state levels to phase out the use of plastic straws, and single-use plastic more generally.

Who's signing

Kenny Chism
Jerry Comellas
Alyson Eversman
Elli Wagner
Bob Myers
Mark Vos
Laurie Furlong
Janice Henniger
Robert Downs
Anna Jane Joyner
Sarah Paulos
Jennifer Young
Frances Stewart
Laura Yoder
Jeannette Kpissay
Kevin Crosby
Sandra Rogers
Scharmel Roussel
Renee Wood
Joan Fumetti
Cliff Bahlinger
Allen Ray Johnson
Eliana Hamernick
Robert Sluka
Elizabeth Mustol
Pat Watkins
Terry Tremwel
46 signatures

Will you sign?

Showing 43 reactions

  • Kenny Chism
    signed 2018-09-12 15:55:48 -0400
    Love the good work you’re doing. Thank you for your faithfulness to Creation!!
  • Jerry Comellas
    signed 2018-07-19 15:48:48 -0400
  • Alyson Eversman
    signed via 2018-07-05 11:54:42 -0400
  • Elison Wagner
    posted about this on Facebook 2018-07-05 11:14:14 -0400
    Sign the petition: The Last Straw
  • Elli Wagner
    signed 2018-07-05 11:12:46 -0400
  • Bob Myers
    signed 2018-07-02 19:40:45 -0400
  • Mark Vos
    signed 2018-07-02 11:05:49 -0400
  • Laurie Furlong
    signed 2018-07-02 09:20:36 -0400
  • Janice Henniger
    signed 2018-06-24 12:15:41 -0400
  • Robert Downs
    signed 2018-06-18 15:36:12 -0400
    Great story. How do we get list for multiple signings?
  • Anna Jane Joyner
    signed 2018-06-18 07:43:39 -0400
  • Sarah Paulos
    signed 2018-05-28 11:35:33 -0400
  • Jennifer Young
    signed 2018-05-27 14:15:05 -0400
  • Frances Stewart
    posted about this on Facebook 2018-05-27 12:17:28 -0400
    Sign the petition: The Last Straw
  • Frances Stewart
    @drfrances tweeted link to this page. 2018-05-27 12:17:24 -0400
  • Frances Stewart
    signed 2018-05-27 12:16:56 -0400
    I rarely use straws, but I was getting a lot of plastic knives, forks and spoons in restaurants. I got a To-Go-Ware kit with a bamboo knife, fork, spoon, and chopsticks in a fabric case that I keep in my bag. I love it!
  • Laura Yoder
    signed 2018-05-24 18:48:19 -0400
    Children can be great educators! Allow them to request and to explain.
  • Jeannette Kpissay
    signed 2018-05-22 23:49:29 -0400
  • Kevin Crosby
    signed 2018-05-22 23:19:27 -0400
  • Sandra Rogers
    signed via 2018-05-22 17:21:33 -0400
  • Scharmel Roussel
    signed 2018-05-22 11:42:29 -0400
    LOVE the catchy campaign slogan. will share it with others. Thank you!
  • Renee Wood
    signed 2018-05-17 16:49:22 -0400
  • Joan Fumetti
    signed 2018-05-11 20:24:17 -0400
    Thank you for this!
  • Cliff Bahlinger
    signed 2018-05-11 08:22:13 -0400
  • Allen Ray Johnson
    signed 2018-05-10 18:40:16 -0400
    Important campaign. I will publicize.
  • Eliana Hamernick
    signed 2018-05-10 16:58:43 -0400
  • Robert Sluka
    signed 2018-05-10 13:14:07 -0400
  • Elizabeth Mustol
    signed 2018-05-10 11:45:11 -0400
  • Pat Watkins
    signed 2018-05-10 09:01:15 -0400
  • Terry Tremwel
    signed 2018-05-10 01:33:16 -0400
    Terry Tremwel: straws are unnecessary & wasteful.