• A campaign to end the use of plastic straws in venues around Australia

    Changing the culture of straw use one drink at a time

    Sip. Don't Suck.

    How much do you really need that straw?

  • What is The Last Straw?

     

    A bit about us

    The Last Straw is a campaign to end the use of the plastic straws in venues around Australia. We aim to tackle the issue from both sides- encouraging consumers to use less plastic straws and encouraging businesses to give out less straws through staff training and information.

     

    Why straws?

     

    Mass plastic use is a huge problem that contributes massive amounts to landfill and has a negative impact on ocean eco systems. Plastic straws are an unnecessary convenience with a big impact. Single use plastics, especially straws, are having an adverse affect on our world, and it's time to do something about it.

     

    There is an alarming disconnect between what’s in our hands and where it comes from, or what it means for the future. A plastic straw in my gin might seem innocent enough, but multiply that by the billions of people that buy billions of drinks across the world every single day, and you start to get an idea of the scale of the problem we’re looking at. That straw I threw away after stirring my drink will outlive me and everyone else on this planet. Unless we do something to change.

     

    The vision

    The Last Straw is about changing the culture around plastic straw use and disposal, from consumers to venues. A shift of consumer focus to organics, Fairtrade, local sourcing, low waste and increased sustainability means that we are becoming more conscious of where we put our money. We want to know that our purchases are not having a negative impact on the world- and who can blame us?

     

    This is more than a trend. This a permanent and intentional move to shift our lifestyle to match our beliefs. At The Last Straw, we believe that it makes no sense to continue to use plastic straws at the volume we do, and that big change can be made through small everyday actions driven by you.

     

    What can you do?

     

    If you are a venue:

    Sign up to become a member of The Last Straw and get some awesome perks- including staff training, fun merchandise and some front and center profiling on our super active social media accounts.

     

    If you are an individual:

    1. Order your drink without a straw next time you go out.

    2. Give us a like on Facebook and share the page with your friends

    3. If you're super keen, there's a donation option on this page.

     

    Thanks in advance for all your support!

     

  • Learn more

    Find out more about what The Last Straw is up to:

  • The Last Straw Member Venue Locations

    Venues around Australia and beyond that have pledged to become straw responsible!

  • Connect With Us

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  • Sources and more information

    Where we get our statistics from

    - "500 Million Straws" http://www.plasticpollutioncoalition.org/pft/2017/4/28/are-drinking-straws-dangerous
     
    - "More plastic than fish" https://www.theguardian.com/business/2016/jan/19/more-plastic-than-fish-in-the-sea-by-2050-warns-ellen-macarthur
     
    - "Gyres, plastic ocean, why plastic is generally bad" http://blogs.ei.columbia.edu/2011/01/26/our-oceans-a-plastic-soup/
     
    - "PLA and Biodegradation" http://www.biosphereplastic.com/biodegradableplastic/uncategorized/is-pla-compostable/