FINAL STRAW FOUNDATION
Final Straw Foundation (FSF) is a grass roots charity, promoting ocean health along the south coast of the UK. Highlighting vital work on how to live more sustainably, encouraging future ocean saviours and inspiring thousands of children to learn about our shores, how to protect them and help them thrive.
FSF focuses on reducing single-use plastic through education, awareness and turning the tap off on plastic pollution. They work with local communities, schools and businesses to highlight the impact of plastic pollution on our environment and try to minimise the amount of plastic entering our local seas and wider oceans.
FSF is distinctive thanks to a practical hands-on approach that makes tackling the sources of pollution they see in our marine environment ‘doable’.
Their 3-pronged approach to raising awareness of and combatting plastic pollution on our shores and in our seas is:
- EDUCATION: Engaging schools, children, communities and businesses.
- POSITIVE ACTION: Regular beach cleans, art projects, recycling schemes and school visits.
- SUSTAINABILITY ADVICE AND SCHEMES: Advice on ways to reduce the use of single use plastics for individuals and a specific digital accreditation scheme aimed at marine businesses, clubs and recreational facilities.
To date they have developed a range of interesting and engaging projects that inspire local and wider communities to really think and consider how much waste they produce, how that might impact our environment and what they can do to combat it.
The work FSF do is vital to our world right now. We can’t talk about the climate crisis without talking about plastic pollution with the plastic industry accounting for around 6% of global oil consumption and this figure is expected to rise significantly by 2050. This is going to continue generating enormous amounts of greenhouse gasses. Only around 9% of plastic worldwide is recycled and therefore becomes a discarded material left on our planet. The breakdown contributes to micro plastic pollution in our seas and beaches which again contributes to climate change through direct greenhouse gas emissions and negatively affecting wildlife and ocean organisms. As a charity FSF believe they can assist in helping people live more sustainably and help our planet.