Kate Forbes MSP to Officially Launch Final Straw Campaign

By Reporter, The HighLand Times, Saturday January 6 2018

Kate Forbes MSP will be officially launching her Final Straw campaign on Monday (8 January) as she calls on the Scottish and UK Governments to ban plastic straws.

The MSP for Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch MSP – whose constituency covers the east and west coasts of Scotland – felt moved to action after hearing about the damage to coastal wildlife caused by plastic pollution.

Kate Forbes MSP explained:

“I am launching a campaign to call on the UK and Scottish Governments to crack down on plastic straws as part of an overall strategy to ban single-use, disposable items such as cotton buds and throwaway cutlery, where environmentally friendly alternatives exist.

“Before the Christmas recess, I asked the Scottish Government to look at the issue of plastic straws and the Cabinet Secretary Roseanna Cunningham said that the Scottish Government were considering a number of options.

“Any ban has got to be UK-wide, because the sea does not respect country borders and plastic straws washed out to sea in the south of England could easily end up on the Highland coastline.

“As part of my campaign I am asking pubs and restaurants to stop handing out straws automatically and to only provide biodegradable alternatives.

“Chains like Wetherspoons and individual businesses like the Royal Hotel in Cromarty have already done that and I hope others will follow their lead.

“Our seas are rich with wildlife.

“The Highland east coast is home to the world’s most northern pod of bottlenose dolphins and Scotland has the highest number of harbour porpoises in Europe.

“But the majority of seabirds are ingesting plastics and other sea creatures are being injured and suffocated by our plastic pollution.

“If you agree that Governments should take more action on plastic straws and that restaurants and pubs should stop stocking plastic straws, then you can sign up to my campaign petition at www.finalstraw.scot.”



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