Why Does It Matter?
12 million tonnes of plastic is entering our oceans every year – that’s a rubbish truck full every minute.
The public world-wide have now become much more aware that our oceans are drowning in plastic. The impact of plastics on the planet was widely publicised by David Attenborough on Blue Planet and it has been in the news all around the world. So, now is the time to act!
Did you know that plastic straws are incredibly polluting and are now one of the top five items found on beaches worldwide?
In the UK alone, according to Defra, we use 8.5 billion straws per year.
Each straw is only used on average for 20 minutes but can take more than 200 years to break down into smaller pieces, and often does not fully disintegrate.
The Impact & How You Can Help!
The simple ask of refusing the use of plastic straws has already opened people’s eyes and made them look at, and address, their use of other single-use plastics. If they can refuse a straw then that is a small easy step to take.
Final Straw Cornwall is a purely volunteer led non-for-profit community campaign. With 285 businesses (and counting) in addition to all St Austell Brewery establishments, we feel that we are well on the way to making a big impact in Cornwall.
And that’s where you come in! Please join us by saying no to single use plastic straws and pledging a small donation.