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Make it the final straw and stop sucking today

All it takes are small changes in our everyday lives to help reduce the UK’s plastic footprint and the amount of plastic on our beaches.

We want to see a reduction in single use plastic. So we are challenging YOU to refuse the straw!

Our campaign targets the huge use of single use straws in the UK. MCS is the lead partner in the UK of the Lonely Whale foundation’s international campaign to stop unnecessary use of plastic straws.

Our 2017 Great British Beach Clean showed that plastic makes up around 70% of the beach litter with cutlery, trays and straws making up 11% of on the go litter.

Boda Bars wants to reduce any unnecessary waste, most people actually don’t want a straw so why put one in a glass? We are now looking into getting compostable straws that can go in the food waste. Most of all we would like the customers and staff to think about the unnecessary waste and that goes for straws, food and everything else.

Boda Bars, Edinburgh

Why we are targeting straws?

It is a simple way to ask people to make a small change in their everyday life and help reduce their plastic footprint and the amount of litter we find on the beach. Pubs and restaurants such as Boda Bar in Edinburgh, the Oakman Inns pub chain and All Bar One are already getting onboard. The latter uses around 4.7 million straws per year across its 50 outlets and has recently started #strawssuck campaign.

Actions you can take

  1. Visit the beachwatch website
  2. Join the Plastic Challange
  3. Download the Great British Beach Clean Report 2017
  4. Join a beach clean
  5. Download our 'Living without single-use Plastic' guide
  6. Download straw graphic for cafe/bar counter
  7. Share #stopsucking
  8. Organise a beach clean

Did you know?…

The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is thought to be 6 times the size of the UK

It’s estimated that one rubbish truck load of plastic litter enters the ocean every minute

Globally, plastic litter has reached every part of the world’s oceans

Why not join a beach clean ... or organise one?

To date, our beach clean volunteers have removed 6 million pieces of litter from our beaches and collected marine litter data to support our campaigns for cleaner seas and beaches.

Learn more and join a beach clean

Stop the plastic tide

Support our appeal to turn the tide on plastics.

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