Hannah & Jimmy Clements Morrisville, NC
As a husband and wife team, Hannah and Jimmy founded Cypress Straws to address a small part of a much larger problem. Since the invention of single-use plastic, oceans and waterways have become a dumping ground for billions of plastic and styrofoam pieces from around the world. Marine mammals, sea turtles, shore birds, and other aquatic creatures can be severely affected by the plastics that invade their ecosystems. At Cypress Straws, they knew there needed an alternative. Their glass straws are eco-friendly (recyclable), clean, durable, and made in the USA. Their handy travel pouches are washable and locally made from recycled denim and organic cotton cord. The Cypress Straws team believes that by providing an easy and fun to use straw alternative and reinvesting some of the profits back into the community, they can be part of the solution to alleviate the pressures that plastics put on our environment. As their company grows (now 4 people strong!), they hope to spread awareness and educate local communities while prioritizing a cleaner ocean as their key initiative. They truly believe that small changes can have a large impact!