I’m Nicolina, a sixth grader who is encouraging people to skip the singie-use plastic. Americans use 500,000 straws each day, and they cannot be recycled and do not decompose. I am working to replace single-use plastic straws with metal straws, selling them with colorful pouches to raise funds for conservation.
Nicolina’s Turtle Co. is getting re-usable straws out there, while raising money for conservation efforts. I sew fun, lined straw pouches to keep your reusable straws protected on-the-go, and include a metal straw. All profits are donated ($6,000+ USD) for conservation programs, with an emphasis on education.
Schools and restaurants will stop using plastic straws - all you have to do is ask! I have created a flyer to convince schools (mine agreed to go straw-free 1/2020!) and a flyer to convince restaurants to go straw-free. Ask me for a copy and make a difference!
Nicolina is a sixth-grader on a mission to save turtles, one less plastic straw at a time.
After reading alarming facts about the harmful plastics in the environment, she knew she had to do something to make a difference.
She saw re-usable straws being thrown into bags and backpacks, and decided that straw pouches would be a way to encourage people to use re-usable straws, while earning money to donate to conservation efforts. Nicolina asked her mom to teach her to sew and help her design lined straw pouches with colorful snaps. She sells the pouches with a metal straw for $10, and with a straw and straw cleaner for $13. The designs are fun and functional, and all profits are donated! Donations (over $6k to-date!) have already been made to Living Lands & Waters, Niabi Zoo, Nahant Marsh and Quad Cities Botanical Center. Contact us to place an order of straw pouches and reusable metal straws.
Nicolina’s next mission was to approach school and restaurants, to convince them to stop using plastic straws. She made flyers with relevant facts, and has already convinced her school to go straw free and restaurants to only give straws upon request. She estimates her school alone was using 57,000 plastic straws each year. Contact her if you’d like to see her flyers to convince schools and restaurants around you to stop serving plastic straws.
We have many orders, and are sewing our hearts out. Mom is about as talented as Nicolina, so we are slow but steady (like a turtle.). If you sew, have time on your hands and fun fabric scraps on hand, please consider volunteering to help sew pouches for Nicolina’s Turtle Co.
Save a turtle, skip the straw!!
Are you passionate about what we're doing? Let Nicolina know! Drop a note, purchase a pouch, request a straw-free flyer, volunteer to sew with your scrap fabrics, and SKIP THE PLASTIC STRAW!
Whether you help by skipping straws, convincing others to skip the plastic straw, purchasing a pouch with a reusable straw, volunteering sewing talents or just dropping a word of encouragement for a child on a mission, I appreciate your support.