White Sox Team Up With The Shedd, Become Straw-Free For Season

Pat Cassidy
April 19, 2018 - 11:32 am

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- The Chicago White Sox announced they are joining Shedd Aquarium’s “Shedd the Straw” initiative to reduce the use of single-use plastic straws at Guaranteed Rate Field.

The team, along with concessionaire partners, Delaware North Sportservice, Gibson’s ChiSox Bar & Grill and Levy, will become the first Major League Baseball team to serve drinks during games without a plastic straw for nearly an entire season. 

The team will begin the change on Sunday, April 22 when they play Houston. The date coincides with Earth Day - perfect time to make green changes. All drinks sold throughout Guaranteed Rate Field, including premium seating areas will not be served with a straws. Guests can request a biodegradable straw.

“We are thrilled to team up with Shedd Aquarium and help lead by example in the way of sustainability within our game day operations,” said Brooks Boyer, White Sox senior vice president of sales and marketing, in a statement. “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. The entire Guaranteed Rate Field family – the White Sox, Delaware North and Levy – is proud to collaborate with Shedd to share this important message with our fans and hope it will inspire others to do what they can in their own lives.”

The "Shedd the Straw" initiative is designed to help protect water systems and the animals that live in them by highlighting the dangers single-use plastic straws pose to aquatic life. According to the Shedd Aquarium, Americans use more than 500 million straws every day, which is equivalent to 913,000 trips around the bases, and millions of those non-recyclable plastics end up polluting oceans, lakes and rivers.

Plastic straws are nearly impossible to recycle, meaning every straw ever used still exists. By eliminating plastic straws this season, the White Sox expect to keep more than 215,000 straws from being used. 

“Earth Day is a moment each year for the world to stop and consider how we impact our planet and the ways we can protect it,” said Dr. Bridget Coughlin, president and CEO of Shedd Aquarium. “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.”

#SheddTheStraw began last year on Earth Day, when Chicago’s Shedd Aquarium launched its campaign encouraging people to switch from single-user disposable straws to reusable or biodegradable alternatives.

Shedd Aquarium experts will be at Guaranteed Rate Field on Earth Day, April 22, sharing educational information with fans as well as offering giveaways. Fans can partake in a special ticket offer for that game by visiting whitesox.com/shedd.