"I started St Albans Refuse the Straw in July 2017 as part of Plastic Free July. Although we are about as far inland as it’s possible to be, the impact of single use plastics on our marine environment are impossible to ignore, and there are very simple steps we can all take to reduce unnecessary usage of them.
I originally studied Plant Science at university, and as a student spent many happy hours testing water quality and measuring anemones on the Isle of Man. I was also a windsurfer, and a member of Surfers Against Sewage when it first started in the early 1990s. I ended up, however, spending 20 years working in IT; by starting this campaign I feel as though I have come full circle and returned to something I’m passionate about.
Around 30 local businesses have signed up so far to the Refuse the Straw campaign, and I am looking forward to rebranding and coming under the Plastic Free Pledge umbrella. The local focus is very important, but we also need to join up to make this a national effort – together we will have even more clout! I’m also part of a fantastic local team working towards a Plastic Free St Albans, which will be launched in April. Lots to come in 2018!"