No Straw Thanks.
IT'S HOW MANLY SIPS.
Did you know that the first straws were used by Sumerians over 5000 years ago and were made from gold? Clearly this invention served a purpose through the ages. The problem arose when these straws were made from petroleum-based plastic and designed to be thrown away after a single-use.
A local scuba diver found 319 plastic straws after just 20 minutes snorkelling at Manly Cove. She returned the next day and found another 294 straws. The following weekend another 150 were cleaned up at the same site. In fact, straws are one of the top 10 items found at clean-ups around Australia.
How many straw are wasted and sent to landfill everyday and how many are littered in the marine environment? A recent study found that Australians use 2.8 billion straws per year. And thats 2.8 billion too many as far as turtle’s are concerned (because they really hurt when they get stuck in one’s nostril!)
WHAT YOU CAN DO:
1. ASK FOR “NO PLASTIC STRAW PLEASE”
Most drinks can be drunk without a straw these days. Beer is filtered so we don’t need a straw like the Sumerians!
2. BYO REUSABLE STRAW
You can carry a metal, bamboo or glass straw with you for those occasions when you really want a straw.
3. ASK YOUR FAVOURITE VENUE TO GO STRAW-FREE OR USE ALTERNATIVES
Not automatically putting a straw in a drink is a great way to save money and reduce plastic waste. Venues can keep alternative straws (paper/metal/bamboo/glass) on stand-by for the few patrons that need a straw for medical reasons or for special drinks that are nice with a straw.
4. Put your local cafe on the map
Put you local plastic-straw free cafe on the map by asking them to register at The Last Straw.
5. CHECK OUT OUR RESOURCES
Keep the conversation going with these posters available to download free from our website.