Make it the final straw and stop sucking today
Since a video appeared on YouTube showing a distressed turtle having a straw extracted from its nostril, the writing’s been on the wall for the single-use plastic straw.
We want to see a reduction in single use plastic. So we are challenging YOU to refuse the straw!
For an item we often use for just a few minutes – that’s even less time than a single-use carrier bag or a plastic take-away cup – plastic straws really do suck.
So we are challenging YOU to help stop the sucking!
If you’re a business – stop handing them out, unless it’s absolutely necessary.
Download our business straw guide.
If you’re a consumer - just say no, because you just don’t need it and you’ll be doing the oceans a massive favour!
Download our consumer straw guide.
The good news is that some leading bars and restaurants have already made a move against straws
The Wetherspoons chain has switched to paper straws.
All Bar One has pledged to ban plastic straws in all it’s UK outlets.
The Laine Pub Company have announced a ban on plastic straws as have the Oakman Inns pub chain, whilst the Boda Bar in Edinburgh is looking at biodegradable alternatives.
The question is – who’ll be next? The pressure is on other pub, restaurant, fast food and cinema chains to follow suit as well as smaller outlets, all of whom, for many years, have been handing out plastic straws like there’s no tomorrow - sadly for some marine creatures a straw in the gullet means quite literally there has been no tomorrow.
© Guy Farrow / Daughter
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Actions you can take
- Download the Great British Beach Clean Report 2019
- Download our straw poster
- Share #stopsucking
- Download straw graphic for cafe/bar counter
Did you know?…
Every year, volunteers give us over 1,000 days of their time
MCS first launched the Good Beach Guide in 1987 as a book to highlight the woeful state of the UK’s bathing waters
The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is thought to be 6 times the size of the UK