Ullapool Village Completely Bans Plastic Straws


Photo: Colin Smith / Geograph.org.uk

The village of Ullapool in Ross-shire, Scotland, has become the fist place in the UK to completely ban plasitc straws, following a campaign by primary school children.

The #NaeStrawAtAw campaign was begun by students at Ullapool Primary School and Glasgow's Sunnyside Primary, after students were inspired by the scenes of an albatross chick being fed plastic in the recent Blue Planet II documentary series. 

Located on the Scottish coast, the residents of Ullapool are reminded constantly of the impact that disposable plastic has on the beaches and the seas. September's Great British Beach Clean, organised by the Marine Conservation Society, noted that Scotland's beaches have seen a six per cent increase in litter since the 2016 clean-up event.

The project was supported by the Scottish Wildlife Trust, but it was the pupils themselves who campaigned door-to-door, speaking directly to the local businesses.

Ullapool pupil Caillín Erin Patterson, 11, said: 'There's no need for plastic straws. If you do use a straw it shouldn't be a throwaway one. We're killing our seas with single-use plastic and it's just not necessary.'

The 14 bars, cafes and restaurants of Ullapool - which is home to around 1,500 people - have all agreed to stop using single-use plastic straws, with the local supermarket agreeing not to stock plastic straws from the new year.

The good news from Ullapool comes hot on the heels from Northern Ireland's Ards and North Down Borough Council, which has implemented a ban on all single-use plastics.



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