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Plastic Straws - What's the big deal?

20 September 2018

As the world is becoming more conscious about the environmental impacts of consumerism, more environmental campaigns and “green” alternative products are emerging into the marketplace. You may remember the days when plastic carrier bags in your local supermarket were free. After a “5p charge was introduced for plastic bags, this resulted in a 85% reduction in the number people used”, (independent, 2018).

We don’t want you to stop purchasing straws! We want to change the type of straws you purchase. Plastic straws are the “fifth most common item of rubbish and are capable of harming marine life”, (Standard, 2018). Considering this and the fact that, “Typically they are used for 20 minutes but take hundreds of years to break down and often end up in landfill sites or, worse, in rivers and the sea”, (Standard, 2018).

Many businesses are already converting to biodegradable straws in an effort to reduce their plastic wastage. “Pizza Express, which estimates it has been handing out some 1.8million a year in London alone, said it would stop using them – as did the Wagamama chain, JD Wetherspoon pubs, Costa and the global drinks giant Diageo”, (DailyMail, 2018). To further reinforce the movement and the shift in demand for biodegradable products please consider the following our own Queen is also phasing out the use of plastic straws at Buckingham Palace. It’s only speculation on the Queen’s motivation for this however some believe the recent David Attenborough’s Blue Planet II by the BBC played a role in the decision.

If this sparks your interest why not ask about our new range of Biodegradable Straws.

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Resource for the movement:

http://www.plasticpollutioncoalition.org/the-movement/

 

References

So long suckers! Bars and clubs join the Standard’s war on straws, (Standard, 2018)

https://www.standard.co.uk/news/uk/so-long-suckers-bars-and-clubs-join-the-standard-s-war-on-straws-a3742241.html

Plastic straws are disappearing from Wetherspoons as environmental campaign gathers pace, (Independent, 2018

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/business/news/plastic-straws-jd-wetherspoons-environment-campaign-recycling-refuse-the-straw-all-bar-one-a7969791.html

Plastic straws BANNED: Move by Michael Gove will force bars and restaurants across the country to use environmentally friendly alternatives, (DailyMail, 2018)

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5424521/Now-plastic-straws-banned.html

 

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