The Last Straw: sign the pledge

Help us make this #TheLastStraw

You’ve probably already heard that many bars and restaurants are joining the global movement to eliminate plastic drinking straws from our landfills, streams, oceans and beaches. NUS has launched #TheLastStraw – a campaign to stop the use of single-use plastic straws in our students’ unions and beyond and here’s how you can help…

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Straws suck

  • 500 million straws are used and discarded every day in the United States alone – that’s 175 billion a year filtering into landfills and littering our waterways and oceans

  • They are used for an average of 20 minutes, but their effect lasts a lifetime.  Extreme waste for minimal convenience!

  • Thousands of seabirds, marine mammals and sea turtles die every year when they ingest or get entangled in plastic pollution – 80% of which comes from the land! 

How can you help?

  • Request ‘no straw’ when visiting bars and restaurants

  • Help us spread the word by sharing the graphics below on Twitter using #TheLastStraw. Remember to include @NUSUK and we’ll do our best to retweet!

  • If you really can’t do without…there’s lots of compostable or reusable options on the market as an alternative to single-use plastic products.  Next time you go for a drink, why not use your own paper, glass, bamboo or stainless steel straw – there’s lots of choices available 

  • See if there are local environmental organisations that you can work in partnership with.  The Students' Union at Bournemouth University is a great example where a team of student volunteers (The Green Taskforce) and VP Education Alex Hancox, will be working with Litter Free Coast & Sea next year to lobby the 18 kiosks and food outlets on Bournemouth beach-front, to ask them to change their single use vending plastics.

  • Sign the pledge to show you’re supporting #TheLastStraw

As students, you have the power to drive meaningful change. Phasing out single-use plastics – where possible – in our day-to-day lives by taking a zero-tolerance approach to items such as straws, plastic bottles and bags is the first step.

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The Final Straw

The Final Straw

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