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.
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.
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.
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!
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