MANKATO, Minn. -- Friesen's Family Bakery and Bistro is continuing its mission to be environmentally friendly, by transitioning to straw–free workplace. 

Owner Tony Friesen said the idea came after he and co–workers watched a painful video, of a plastic straw being pulled from a sea turtle's nostril.

Friesen said it is important for people to know that these small changes can make a big difference.

"Plastic straws made in about a minute, it's used for less than ten minutes and it takes about a hundred years to decompose and break down," said Friesen.

"Just by switching to paper, we eliminate that completely."

Friesen's challenged other business to follow suit.

The bakery will provide free cookies to the staff of any local restaurants that also goes straw free.

If your business would like to go straw-less, you can contact Tony Friesen at this link : . 

--KEYC News 12