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ABOUT US

Our mission is to engage businesses and individuals to reduce consumption of single-use plastics and help protect our planet. We believe small actions from committed individuals will generate positive impact that we can communicate to key decision makers to bring about change.

Who Are Final Straw Cornwall?

The brainchild of Cornwall resident, business woman and environmentalist Pat Smith, The Final Straw Cornwall was launched in the summer of 2017. Pat explains her passion for the cause and the sense of responsibility she feels:

“I founded the Final Straw to try and raise awareness of the catastrophic damage we are doing to our oceans from our casual consumption of single use plastics. I feel I have a responsibility to my children and grandchildren to do something about it.”

Pat is acutely aware that it is her generation that has created most of the 88 billion tonnes of plastic produced since 1948 and still existing on the Earth today. The mission is simple, make Cornwall plastic straw free. To do that, Pat and her dedicated team of volunteers manage and fuel the campaign with pure passion and the aim to engage with local businesses across the hospitality and tourist sector to give up plastic straws.

Every plastic straw on the planet right now, will outlive everyone reading these words.

Why Cornwall? Why Now?

Cornwall is our home, a remarkable county which is world renowned for its rugged coastal beauty. With over 300 miles of coastline and a worldwide reputation for hospitality, food and ocean-side adventure, Cornwall is a community perfectly positioned to say no to drinking straws and influence others to do the same.

As well as sending a message to the world that we are starting to tackle the threat of single use plastic, the Final Straw can also save businesses money if they stop purchasing and giving plastic straws away. They also get a wonderful thank you across the campaign’s social media platforms and on its website for supporting the Final Straw Cornwall campaign.

Plastic straws are the easy first rung on the ladder and Cornwall an ideal place to achieve their demise.

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Our Focus

Our campaign to rid Cornwall of single use plastic straws and raise awareness of the damage plastics are causing to the environment is gathering momentum.

SEE BUSINESSES THAT HAVE JOINED THE MOVEMENT

With over 250+ businesses who have already joined us, use our interactive map to find out who in your area is helping rid the use of single use plastic straws!

Latest News & Events

Keep connected with us to see what’s happening at Final Straw Cornwall HQ, what events we have coming up and what our very own Pat Smith has been up to!

News

What's going on in the world of plastic pollution?

FIND OUT ALL THE LATEST NEWS ABOUT PLASTIC & THE FINAL STRAW CAMPAIGN

Events

We can often be found at events around Cornwall. Check out where we will be...

CLICK TO FIND OUT ABOUT FINAL STRAW'S LATEST EVENTS AND COLLABORATIONS

Pat's Blog

What has Pat been up to recently?!

Pat has been incredibly active with beach cleans, Final Straw talks and litter picks.

Trusted Partners

There is strength in numbers and there are many other closely aligned organisations and campaigns working tirelessly to make a better world and supporting Final Straw Cornwall, so collaboration is a huge part of reaching our main goal. Thank you to you all!

Help Us Make Cornwall Plastic Straw Free

If you have any questions for the Final Straw Cornwall team, please contact us.