Kate Forbes officially launched her Final Straw campaign today (Monday 8 January.)
The MSP for Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch MSP is highlighting the damage caused by single-use disposable plastic items to both the onshore and marine environment in Scotland.
Items like plastic straws can take up to 500 years to decompose, despite only being used for less than half an hour. Ms Forbes, who sits on the Scottish Parliament's Environment, Climate Change and Reform Committee, wants to see a ban on plastic straws, as well as encouraging consumers and businesses to change their drinking habits.
The official launch was held at the Royal Hotel in Cromarty, one of the first businesses in her constituency to ditch plastic straws in favour of paper biodegradable ones.
Kate Forbes MSP said: "I represent a constituency which stretches from the east to the west coasts and I can see the impact of plastics on our seas.
"Along our coastline, plastics are choking our seas, damaging the environment and risking the lives of seabirds and sea creatures.
"One of the most common plastic items on the beach are plastic straws. We could be throwing out just under £3 billion straws every year in Scotland, based on US estimates of people using an average of 1.6 straws per day every year.
"The pub chain Wetherspoons have indicated that they consume 70 million straws a year in the UK and so the figures are huge.
"The ridiculous thing is that most people don't ask for a straw and they don't want one, but pubs and restaurants automatically pop it in their glass. That plastic straw could end up in our seas, causing damage to wildlife."