In 2011 a small grant was awarded to help launch ‘Straw Wars’, a campaign to eradicate plastic straws from restaurants and bars. In the UK alone, an average of 3.5m plastic straws are used every day by MacDonald’s customers. Plastic waste in the oceans is made up from plastic bags, plastic bottles, styrene foam, lights and straws and through the Straw Wars Campaign bars and restaurants are invited to sign up to only providing a straw if the customer requests one. The campaign launched in Soho, London and interest has been expressed from California and Canada in becoming part of the project.
Jamie Poulton, campaign leader and owner of the historic restaurant and takeaway Randall & Aubin, said:
“Straw Wars is a campaign to unite the Soho community in eliminating unnecessary single-use plastic. If we’re able to raise awareness with Straw Wars and the work that Soho has done towards a cleaner environment, then the next step would be a move towards resolving the current waste collection and disposal issues in Soho. This is a very ambitious project, but will benefit local businesses, customers and the environment.”
The Guardian, 1 February 2012
Two small grants have helped the Campaign develop. It has been successful in London and in 2013 it will expand.
Note: the Foundation acknowledges its gratitude to IWC Schaffhausen for funding the Plastiki Pod initiatives.