Public art made from 25,000 used straws will spotlight plastic waste in Pittsburgh

The Incline – Thousands of used straws collected from Pittsburgh restaurants fill a small office in Homewood ready to be assembled into a giant aquatic-themed sculpture to raise awareness of plastic waste. “The straw is just an easy way to find a starting point to make a difference,” Rebecca Bykoski, program manager of Sustainable Pittsburgh Restaurant, said about Straw Forward, which collected and cleaned 25,000 used straws from nearly 40 local restaurants, universities, and hospitals from July until October.

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