New Campaign: 'The Last Straw on the Great Barrier Reef'
Nicole Nash, a young marine biologist from Queensland, has recently launched a campaign called The Last Straw on the Great Barrier Reef to get tour boat operators, cruise ships, and coastal resorts to ban plastic straws completely.
Currently, as Nash explains, 75 to 95 percent of marine debris found in and around the reef is plastic. And as Australians use an estimated 10 million straws a day, eliminating them would go a long way to reducing plastic trash along the Great Barrier Reef. Also, once people quit straws, then it will be easier to start talking about other forms of disposable plastic that can, and should, be eliminated from our lives.
The campaign has a straw-free pledge that business owners can sign, and more than 30 tour operators have already done so. More at Treehugger.