IT could be the final straw for plastic straws in Stratford.
Community clean-up group Rubbish Friends, which regularly holds litter picks in and around the town, is aiming to convince businesses and customers to say no to single use plastic straws to help protect the environment.
Around 8.5billion plastic straws are used in Britain every year.
But it is estimated it takes more than 200 years for them to break down in the environment. Many also find their way into the sea with devastating consequences for wildlife.
Campaign manager Monica Davies said: “Our campaign strives to educate people about the consequences of single use plastic straws, its effect on our environment and ultimately our own health.
“To achieve this, over the summer we will encourage food and beverage establishments to not automatically offer plastic straws, and customers to decline or abstain from requesting plastic straws. Establishments who agree to join the ‘Press Pause on Plastic Straws’ campaign will display a window emblem advertising their affiliation and commitment to our campaign.
“We believe that launching this campaign in Stratford, with its many establishments for locals and tourists alike, will contribute greatly to the wider desire to eliminate the use of single use plastic whilst protecting the interests of those who might be adversely affected by the campaign, such as individuals with special needs.”
Rubbish Friends has received support from Sitel, Harris Design and a number of other sponsors.
For further details search Facebook Rubbish Friends (Stratford upon Avon).
* Rubbish Friends has also thanked Stratford Town Trust for a grant to fund public liability insurance.