In your own words, tell us about your project.
We are a community project led by 6th Class students from Greystones Educate Together National School. Our aim is to make our town plastic-straw-free by encouraging business owners to think about the impact of plastic straws on the environment, especially as we live in a beautiful seaside town. We are advocating for businesses to consider alternatives to plastic straws and encouraging our fellow students and community members to #stopsucking.
Why did you do this work?
A group of us were sitting in a well-known coffee shop on town one day last year and saw a big fat tub stuffed with plastic straws on the counter for anyone to take. It seemed like madness! We wanted to make a change once we began to notice that so many cafes and pubs and restaurants were serving single use plastic straws.
What was the impact or outcome of your project?
Our project is on-going. We have had some successes with businesses changing over to compostable or paper straws and removing straws from counter tops. We have lots to do still and aim to make our town plastic straw free by summer 2019!
Do you have any tips or advice for similar projects?
We would encourage other schools and youth groups to consider running similar projects around the country. Get together, come up with some ideas, look around your community for support and be the change!!
Which Sustainable Development Goals does your work link to?
Goal 14. Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable developmentve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development
Location of Project
Greystones, Co. Wicklow