Say Naw to Straws

The People of Derry are being urged to reject single use plastic straws in the city’s bars, restaurants and coffee shops.

‘Say “naw” to straws’  is a joint project between the Zero Waste North West and the ‘Eco-Prefects’ of Thornhill College.

We aim to convince local businesses to stop giving out disposable plastic straws which are, perhaps, the most wasteful of all single-use plastic items.

A straw will be in use for only a few minutes but will remain in existence as waste for 100s or 1,000s of years as it gradually breaks down polluting the environment in the process.

The ‘Eco-Prefects’ recently approached a number of cafes in Derry’s city centre asking them to join the ‘Say “Naw” to Straws’ campaign.  So far ten local outlets have signed up.  They are on the map below and listed in the key at the bottom of the page.

If you are, or know,  a local retailer who would like to join the campaign our Say Naw (Retailers) page has useful information.

The students have also contacted wholesaler Musgrave and convinced them to start them to start supplying paper straws from April.

The Walled City Brewery was the first to sign up.  Proprietor James Huey said: “Every so often a campaign comes along that just feels like the right thing to do.  The information provided by the students simply blew us away, regarding the global usage of plastic straws and the devastating impact that they have on the environment.”

Thornhill Eco-Prefect Susana Granado said: “I got involved in the campaign as a result of seeing a disturbing video on social media.  It showed a sea turtle with a straw lodged in its nose.  I feel strongly about animal welfare and wanted to make a difference.”

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Say Naw to Straws

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Hidden City Cafe: 54.994826, -7.322838
St Jude\'s Eatery (Yellow Yard): 54.994727, -7.324126
Walled City Brewery: 54.997687, -7.310511
Ollies: 54.999004, -7.311203
Guild Cafe: 54.997977, -7.319705
Warehouse No1 Bistro and Cafe: 54.997700, -7.319893
Patricia\'s Coffee House: 55.006456, -7.319512
Primrose On The Quay: 55.006315, -7.319641
The Limelife Cafe: 55.006136, -7.320102
The Scullery Cafe: 54.997226, -7.321723
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Hidden City Cafe
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2 London St, Derry, Northern Ireland, BT48
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St Jude's Eatery (Yellow Yard)
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Yellow Yard, Palace Street, Derry, Northern Ireland, BT48
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Walled City Brewery
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Ebrington Sq, Londonderry Northern Ireland, BT47
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Ollies
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59 Ebrington Square, Derry, Northern Ireland,BT47 6FA
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Guild Cafe
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Guild Cafe, Ground Floor, The Guildhall, Guildhall Square, Derry, N.Ireland, BT48
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1-3 Guildhall Street Derry Derry, Northern Ireland, BT48 0ER
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Patricia's Coffee House
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Unit 1a, 100-114 Strand Road, Atlantic Quay, Derry Derry, Northern Ireland
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Primrose On The Quay
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2 Atlantic Quay Derry~Londonderry BT48 7NR
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The Quay, 114 Strand Road, Derry, Northern Ireland, BT48 7NR
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48 Waterloo Street, Derry, Northern Ireland