Final Straw Solent will help the island
The launch of The Final Straw based in Emsworth has been such a success it will now cover the Solent area, including Hayling Island.
The community group, which was inspired by national campaigns and other projects along the south coast, aims to eradicate the use of plastic straws and minimise the amount of plastic we use.
One of the biggest problems is single-use straws, plastic bags and plastic packaging.
On average, the UK and USA throw away 550 million plastic straws each day. These straws are, on average, used for 20 minutes before they are thrown away. It is estimated that a straw will take more than 200 years to break down – with a straw outliving the person using it! Before straws and other plastics start to break down, they can pose a threat to wildlife. Many microplastics are polluting oceans across the globe and as a result, sea-life are eating the microplastics and being harmed.
The Final Straw Solent have held beach clean-up events and will continue to focus their attention on Hayling Island.
Meanwhile, members of the public are being urged to work with local businesses in their efforts to limit the use of plastic.
You can find further information about this campaign online at the below website address. If you are interested in volunteering to support the environment across Hayling Island then The Final Straw Solent are able to provide you with information. finalstrawsolent.wordpress.com