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MAKING CORNWALL PLASTIC STRAW FREE

Our mission is to make Cornwall the first plastic straw free county in the UK, thereby protecting our coast and wildlife.

Why Stop Supplying Plastic Straws

They are a clear example of completely unnecessary single use plastic that is used for an average of just 20 minutes and then discarded. Every straw on the planet right now will outlive everyone reading these words.
Some problems seem too big to tackle. This problem isn’t. We can do it if we all work together!

We understand some people need a straw to drink and  so we recommend asking for a paper straw. Individuals always requiring a straw to drink may wish to purchase their own bamboo/ stainless steel /glass reusable straw.

Apart from paper straws, so called ‘biodegradable’ and ‘compostable’ straws still usually contain some form of plastic so do not break down in the marine environment, therefore, we do not recommend them as an alternative. Please check before you buy!

“Knowledge is the key to many solutions – once people realise the problem and the bulb in their brain lights up, they can be inspired to take action,feel good about themselves and tell others.”

Our Key Objectives

To create a comprehensive community of restaurants, cafes, pubs, hospitality venues and businesses that have agreed to and have gone straw free.

To engage the people in Cornwall to order their drinks without a straw, wherever they go and if given a straw to hand it back and explain “I’m plastic straw free and your business  should be too – please sign up at finalstrawcornwall.co.uk”

To celebrate the success of Cornwall going straw free; to influence our neighbours in Devon and beyond, and, to change our thinking about single use plastic products.

Our Team

The brainchild of Cornwall resident Pat Smith, The Final Straw was launched in the summer of 2017. We have a responsibility to our planet.

Who Are We?

Pat Smith and her dedicated team of volunteers are working tirelessly to send a message to the world that we are starting to tackle the threat of single use plastic.

Volunteer

If you have any relevant skills, communications, identifying potential business sign ups, organisational skills, graphic design...

Make A Difference!

The list is endless and we’re sure anyone who is keen to help can be found a job. Please give us some details below about the kind of help you would like to offer and we will be in touch.

Shop

Do you want to show your support by purchasing one of our t-shirts? Do you need a list of suppliers for paper straws so you can make a change?

T-Shirts & Paper Straws

Fancy showing your support by purchasing one of our fabulous ethically sourced t-shirts?

Join

Lead the way! Stop buying single use plastic straws. Either find an alternative like paper, bamboo, stainless steel or go without. And don't forget to spread the word!

What Can Your Business Do?

Let’s create a no-compromise community of people, places and businesses that have gone straw free. Join us now!

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.