by Laura Johnston,

PUT-IN-BAY, Ohio — Absolut Vodka and Malibu Rum have given $5,000 to the Lake Erie Foundation, after a campaign to eliminate plastic straws saved 300,000 from the Put-in-Bay trash this summer.

And the I-X Center is going strawless during the NARI Home Improvement Show and Cleveland Boat Show Jan. 17-21. The center will give biodegradable lids and biodegradable straws to patrons who need them.

“I thought it was important to bring the issue to the IX Center and they were completely supportive,” said Michelle Burke, executive director of the Lake Erie Marine Trades Association, which presents the boat show.

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