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Stand With Sippi

The National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium announced in August of 2018 that it will no longer use or sell single-use plastic straws. With this new initiative, the Museum & Aquarium hopes to further educate guests about the impact of plastics pollution on global waterways and aquatic life.

According to the United Nations, by 2050 there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish. Currently, there are an estimated 5 trillion plastic particles in the ocean. Wildlife mistake plastic items like straws as food. The ingestion of these plastics can cause serious injury or death to these animals.

As the Museum & Aquarium eliminates single-use plastic straws, Sippi the Otter, the Museum & Aquarium’s mascot, invites individuals and businesses in the community to #standwithsippi and eliminate single-use plastic straws in their own lives and businesses.

The Museum & Aquarium will recognize businesses in the community that #standwithsippi on site, online, and through social media. If you are a business that would like to #StandWithSippi contact Marketing and Communications Director Wendy Scardino at 563-557-9545 x208 or

The National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium is a member of the Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA). As a member, the institution believes it is their responsibility to create examples of conservation that raise public awareness, communicating messages effectively and responsibly, and generate excitement in visitors and program participants.

We #StandWithSippi

The following businesses have pledged to Stand With Sippi and eliminate single-use plastic straw use.