Tom Brady is back from his overseas tour with two apparent goals in mind: work with his wide receivers at mandatory Patriots OTAs, and get you to stop using straws.
The Patriots quarterback posted a video message on Instagram Wednesday for World Environment Day. In it, he advocates for the use of reusable straws to help combat pollution and waste.
“Next time you see a plastic straw like this, just say, ‘No, I’m not falling for your ruse straw,’” Brady says. “There are plenty of way cooler, environmentally friendly straws you could use.”
Brady, who says his wife Gisele Bundchen tagged him in the "#BeatPlasticPollution" campaign, also challenges Serena Williams and photographer David Yarrow to record a video for the cause.
Bundchen is a long-standing environmental activist. The Brazilian-born supermodel was designated a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Environment Programme in 2009.
Several cities have banned or limited the use of plastic straws in recent years. The New York City council started debating a bill to outlaw plastic straws in bars and restaurants last month.
According to the World Wildlife Foundation, the number of plastic substances in the ocean are projected to outweigh fish by 2050.
While Boston doesn’t have a plastic straw ban, many establishments have started to curtail their availability.