Local woman Gemma Wilks has put a scheme into place for New Forest to stop the use of plastic straws by the end of the year. The cause was an idea Gemma had for her new years revolution, as she describes herself as an environmentalist.
Since beginning the campaign, ‘Ban the Straw New Forest’ has gathered instant momentum, gaining over one hundred Twitter followers within the first week as well as three hundred likes on their Facebook page.
After a promising start, Gemma has wasted no time being in contact with local pubs and restaurants in the New Forest area. Both Sir John Barleycorn and The Haven Bar Lymington are just a couple of many businesses to have joined the cause and making the switch to paper straws.
Wilks completed her first official press interview yesterday for the campaign and was as a result quoted in the Bournemouth Echo.
The popular BBC documentary, Blue Planet, was an inspiration for the establishment of ‘Ban the Straw New Forest’- with the infamous shot of a turtle having plastic stuck inside its nose. The programme was a huge wake up call for many viewers after seeing the deadly affects of plastic dumping.
After the recent announcement that companies such as McDonalds and Iceland will be eliminating plastic packaging in the near future, Wilks hopes the publicity will benefit her cause:
However, despite her strong dislike for plastic straws, Gemma recognises that certain individuals do need straws to drink: