Wednesday, January 22, 2020
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Kate Forbes MSP, who is leading Scotland-wide campaign 'the Final Straw', welcomed news from CalMac that it will no longer use plastic straws. 

Ms Forbes wrote to CalMac earlier this month asking them to reconsider their stance, and last week Sunnyside Primary School from Glasgow shared progress on their #NaeStrawAtAw project in a presentation to CalMac’s Community Board in Oban. 

CalMac’s Environmental Manager, Klare Chamberlain said "We have been working with our suppliers over the last year or so to identify alternatives to single-use plastics and with our waste contractors to ensure than any alternatives can be suitably managed.

"I am delighted that CalMac Ferries can support #NaeStrawAtAw and ban plastic straws on-board and look forward to spreading word of the campaign across the communities we serve. 

Kate Forbes MSP said: “This is tremendous news and I’m absolutely delighted that CalMac have agreed to ditch plastic straws. 

“CalMac staff, of all people, will no doubt see the impact of single-use plastics on our coastline and wildlife as they serve communities right along the west coast. 

“It is a tribute to CalMac’s vision and leadership that it was willing to consider the importance of this campaign to ban plastic straws and then back it. 

“They are leading the way and I hope that other transport organisations, such as ScotRail follow CalMac’s lead. 

“I launched this campaign to ditch plastic straws in January because I firmly believe that Scotland should be leading the way. 

“Not only do we have miles and miles of coastline, but our economy is built on the back of beautiful scenery, delicious food and ambitious innovation. 

“Banning plastic straws will improve our scenery and the quality of our food. 

“There are alternatives and where these still need to be worked on then I hope that public bodies will ensure we have reliable alternatives to plastics.”

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