Last straw for beach litter

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Get rid of them: Paper is a better alternative to plastic straws says Freaky Tiki owner Anton Vigenser, Hope Cameron and Josie Jones. Picture: Yanni

A PUSH to rid the Mornington Peninsula of plastic straws is gaining traction.

The Peninsula’s Last Straw community group promoting the use of less harmful paper straws asked cafes in Dromana to replace their plastic straws with paper ones – for free –  to reduce plastic pollution.

This followed the success of the Peninsula’s Last Straw project which won a Keep Victoria Beautiful Gift Fund award of $1000 last year.

Afterwards the project was launched in Rye and is now included in the shire’s Best Bites food award program.

Mornington Peninsula Citizen of the Year 2019 Josie Jones said the positive action on plastic straws had resulted in a third of the cafes switching to paper permanently and “reducing the threat of plastic straws ending up in the environment”.

“Marine animals suffer when straws are ingested. We all need to reduce single use plastic items so we can feel confident about the health of our environment.” 

First published in the Southern Peninsula News – 26 March 2019

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