Say “no” to the plastic straw in Goa

Here in Goa, it may seem like it’s all relaxing on the beach by day and partying by night. However, there’s a very serious issue that needs to be addressed, and it’s one that can’t have gone unnoticed.

Rubbish. It’s everywhere. From the plastic water bottles cast aside on the beach, to the plastic straws from bars, used once and then throw away. They all end up in the sea, the water that you enjoy your morning swim in and where the local fishermen catch their produce. By 2050, according to The New Plastic Economy Report, there will be more plastic in our oceans than fish if we don’t drastically cut down on our plastic consumption.

UK born Hannah Ford has decided to take action. She runs the not-for-profit organisation Eco.adapt, which launched its campaign, The Last Straw Goa, last week on Arambol Beach. They aim to eliminate the use of single-use plastic straws in Goa’s clubs, bars and cafes. The Eco.adapt crew have been involved in several beach clean ups here in North Goa with one this week seeing them collect six large bags of waste in an hour and a half. One of these bags was full solely of plastic straws.

So far, Hannah and her team have managed to get The Garden of Dreams, Wolfpack and Ash to ditch the plastic in favour of their paper straws or no straw at all. Each bar signing up to the campaign will receive a certificate, stickers for their menus so customers are aware of their support and biodegradable straws, supplied by Carry Your Bottle, Eco.adapt’s partner.

You can support the campaign simply by refusing a plastic straw in your drink. If you would like to become an ambassador, and to get involved in the beach clean ups, email: eco.adapt@hotmail.com.


Jennifer Wallis