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The last straw

If you've been watching or reading the news lately, you might have noticed that there have  been a lot of stories about the impact of single-use plastics on the environment, and specifically our oceans. Thousands of seabirds, marine mammals and sea turtles die every year when they ingest or get entangled in plastic pollution – 80% of which comes from the land. One of the main culprits of plastic pollution and one that can be easily reduced, is the plastic straw. Straws are used for an average of 20 minutes, but their damaging effects last a lifetime. 

At uea(su), we want to keep our negative environmental impact to a minimum and do our bit to help cut down on waste. As part of our effort on sustainability, we will be significantly reducing the amount of straws we purchase for the bar. Straws will kept under the bar to discourage their use, but they will still be available on request for those with access needs and those who really desire a straw. 

We'd really like you to join us in our effort to reduce waste and make the choice to turn down a straw next time you're in the bar. 

If you'd like to talk to me about environmental issues at uea(su) or the University, feel free to get in touch at r.purtill@uea.ac.uk  

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