Ikea bans plastic straws from UK and Irish stores
In a bid to raise awareness on the issue and tackle the ever increasing of plastic waste, Swedish furniture chain Ikea ditched single-use plastic straws from all of its UK and Ireland stores, restaurants and bistros this week.
Ikea unveiled its last single-use plastic straw in a display at London’s Design Museum yesterday to symbolize the end of an era of single-use plastics. The so-called Last Straw installation will be on show to the public until Saturday and aims to inspire consumers to collectively take small steps that will have a positive environmental impact.
“Plastic straws have become such an important emblem for change when it comes to single-use plastic, but this campaign is not just about straws,” said Ikea spokeswoman Hege Sæbjørnsen. “We want to harness people’s energy behind ditching single-use plastic straws and disposables to draw attention to the thousands of everyday changes we can all make to have a big impact on the planet.”