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SeaStraw is a Greater Manchester volunteer-led campaign working with local hospitality businesses to reduce their use of single-use plastics, notably straws, cups, cutlery, stirrers and food trays. Motivated by the impact of plastic waste in our oceans, SeaStraw was founded by a group of SCUBA divers who wanted to make a positive impact. The campaign is built around a pledge taken by companies to avoid certain plastic products. Over 100 businesses have taken the pledge, earning them the title of “Ocean Hero” and receiving free publicity, product discounts and attractive promotional mechanise. All Ocean Heroes are listed at



Scientists predict there will be
250 million metric tons of plastic
in the ocean and by 2050.
More plastic in the oceans
than there are fish.


It is estimated that somewhere between 5 billion - 9 billion single-use plastic straws are thrown away in the UK every year


Plastic straws are used on
average for 20 minutes, but can
take over 400 years to degrade.

Success Stories

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