SeaStraw is an environmental campaign focussed on helping bars and restaurants to reduce the amount of plastic straws and single-use plastics they use.

The campaign was founded by an ocean-loving family, who felt passionate about improving the environment. 

Now, over 100 bars and restaurants have signed up to the “Ocean Hero” pledge around Salford and Greater Manchester.

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The idea started with bars and restaurants swapping plastic straws for paper straws, but quickly grew to other sustainable alternatives. 

Doug Robertson, co-founder of SeaStraw, said: “We came up with the idea of a pledge, where a bar, restaurant or takeaway promises to stop using single-use plastic straws, cups or takeaway containers.

“It’s a great way of starting a conversation around the quick and easy things to change, then we can go from there to look at the more complicated issues of other single-use plastic.

“Cutting back on plastic can attract more customers and actually save money”.

Dr Luke Blazejewski, SeaStraw campaigner and wildlife photographer, said: “The impact of plastic on our oceans is a really hot topic at the moment, but what a lot of people don’t realise is the impact plastic is having on the wildlife of our cities. 

“Urban rivers are being suffocated with plastic, and nesting birds are using plastic as nesting material more than ever before.”

He continued: “We have a dedicated and passionate team of volunteers who chat to the staff at bars and restaurants and raise the question of whether they would consider replacing their single-use plastics with sustainable alternatives.”

 To find out more information about how you can get involved click here.

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