The effects of plastic pollution in the oceans was given a major focus with the broadcasting of the  BBC’s  Blue Planet II hosted by David Attenborough. The ripples spread far and wide with even the Queen of England declaring that single-use plastics should not be used on royal properties.

In South Africa, two big companies have pledged to stop the supply and use of plastic straws, as this report published on the Averda waste management company’s website relates:

“Ocean Basket, one of the country’s biggest seafood franchises, will be rolling out the ban on straws and plastic bags in all 168 of its restaurants during the course of 2018. They will also encourage its franchises in other African countries, such as Zimbabwe and Nigeria, to do the same.

Ocean Basket will team up with aquariums, research institutes, non-profit organisations and other restaurants to promote the ban on plastic products.

Joining the calls for a ban on straws is Pernod Ricard, a global alcoholic drinks supplier and producer, with over 45 brands under its control. Some of these brands include Absolut vodka, Havana Club rum, Jameson Irish Whiskey and Olmeca Tequila.

Pernod Ricard declared that they will no longer use plastic straws or stirrers in any aspect of its business, and have asked its partners to cease using plastic at their events in the future.

Truth Coffee Roasting have also stopped giving their customers straws, whereas the V&A Waterfront has just launched its own marine drone that collects up to 500kg of plastic and ocean pollution from the surface. V&A Waterfront CEO, David Green, said that plans are in place to completely ban plastic bags and bottles from the popular tourist hub.”

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