Brighton pubs, cafes and restaurants have been sucked into a campaign to remove plastic straws from their venues in order to help clean up our seas.
The Plastic Free Pledge asks venues to replace plastic straws with alternatives such as reusable stainless steel, or biodegradeable paper or cornstarch.
Volunteers picked up 250 straws in just two hours duing a beach clean between Brighton’s piers last July.
The pledge was founded this summer by Claire Potter Design, a Brighton-based sustainable design studio informed by Claire Potter’s marine research.
She hopes to make Brighton the first plastic free city – but is also targeting companies across the county, and hopes to be able to announce large nationwide partners in the coming weeks.
Claire said: “Since we founded the Plastic Free Pledge this Summer, we have already had a great number of both independent and chains signing up and committing to reducing their single- use plastic consumption.
“As Surfers Against Sewage volunteer Regional Reps, we regularly run beach cleans and see the impact single-use plastic has, but we wanted to start something that was preventative and proactive, not just reactive. We all need to work together to reduce our reliance on single-use plastic – and each small action helps.”
Co-founder Jake Arney said: “Plastic straws are the first target of the Plastic Free Pledge, however we are already planning our next step in helping organisations to look at their single-use plastic waste in other areas.
“Whether it is plastic cutlery, takeaway containers or coffee cups, there are viable alternatives available. We don’t hate plastic, we hate the wasteful misuse of plastic and the damage it causes.”
Local companies already embracing the Plastic Free Pledge include:
- Small Batch Coffee Roasters – in each of their 9 Brighton and Worthing locations
- Silo, Brighton (who have been plastic straw free since opening)
- British Airways i360 including the West Beach Bar and Nyetimber Sky Bar
- Laines Group pub venues in Brighton, including The Tempest
- Brighton Gin
- Brighton Centre caterers Kudos
and many more, already marked on the Plastic Free Pledge map online.
The Plastic Free Pledge website features guidelines for both individuals and institutions on how to go plastic straw free, instructions on how to get involved, plus maps of venues that are already signed up – in Brighton and beyond.