Britta Baechler

“It is our job to take care of the coast, to be on the forefront of this issue, and set an example for other states in how we are putting the resources we have towards addressing the issue of plastic pollution in the ocean.”

Max Haworth

“It is the responsibility of the people who made the mess to clean it up… We need to leave places better than the way we found them, and we are not doing that very well right now.”

Pooka Rice

“We are so lucky to have such beautiful beaches that are available to everyone, and we need to do our part in maintaining them, it is such an important part of our lives as Oregonians.”

Craig Graffius

“I love our state. I cherish this clean, green state and enjoy going out to the coast… I am just sick of throwing things away, sick of plastic.”

Representative Rob Nosse

“I think it is sort of intuitive that we care for the coast, and we all appreciate the beach when it is more pristine and beautiful.”

Nancy Nordman

“I think waste is very representative of how we interact with the world and think about the world. It is very symbolic. And unlike other problems that seem so enormous, it seems manageable.”

Beverly Stein

“In Oregon there is a strong interest in environmental protection, we can promote this idea beyond Oregon and lead others in a fight against plastic pollution.”

Amy Rathfelder and Pete Chism-Winfield

“I think it’s really important to get straws out of our waterways. The Pacific Ocean is a defining part of our state, and Oregonians gravitate towards the coast and other natural areas in Oregon.”

Marcus Hinz

“We are finding plastics in what should be totally natural areas. This is not only unpleasant, but also we know that plastics are deadly for wildlife.”

Anna Richie

“Oregon’s commitment to environmentalism is what makes it so special. Its incredible access to nature, grassroots activism, and sense of community around protecting the environment is what makes it different from other states.”