The Final Straw Cornwall sucks up thousands of county’s single-use plastic straws at food and drink exhibition; Expowest Cornwall
The straw amnesty, held on 6th-8th March, encouraged businesses across Cornwall to bring their old plastic straws to our stand, which was donated by and shared with myCornwall. Over the course of the event, we collected around thirty thousand straws from a broad cross-section of businesses; takeaways, restaurants and hotels.
Many local businesses have been in touch, saying they’d like to join the campaign and go plastic straw-free, but that they’re unsure of the best way to go about making the switch to more environmentally-friendly alternatives. Expowest Cornwall was the perfect opportunity for people to come along and talk to us about the options and how we can all be plastic straw-free.
It was very encouraging to hear the levels of support from so many different businesses, organisations and individuals within the Cornish community. So many people told us that their customers no longer wanted to see single use plastics on the counters, leaving the kitchen or being served from Cornish businesses. It’s a movement which is having real change, and this is only the beginning.
Every business that drops plastic straws makes an amazing impact. The Bowgie Inn, Crantock, pledged to ditch their use of plastic straws at the end of 2017, a move which will singularly remove over one million straws from Cornwall over the next 25 years.
My biggest takeaway (excuse the pun) from the Expowest event is that there is an enormous appetite for change and progress in Cornwall. The Final Straw is an incredible campaign to start the conversation and keep the momentum moving.
Keep up the good work folks and let’s keep talking.
We hope to be up-cycling our haul of straws into something remarkable very soon… watch this space!