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Plastic Straws


Say No To Straws

At South Melbourne Market, sustainability is something we are passionate about and we’re striving to reduce our environmental footprint and create a sustainable Market for future generations to enjoy.

Earlier this year, on 11 April the Market’s traders ceased offering plastic shopping bags, and shoppers were encouraged to bring their own shopping bags, trolleys and baskets as part of the Market’s Plastic Waste Reduction Program.

Our next step is to ban plastic straws in our Stay No To Straws campaign, as in most cases straws are not required to enjoy a drink, and are a superfluous accessory that damages the environment.

From Saturday 1 December 2018, the first day of Summer, the Market will introduce a complete ban on the sale and use of plastic straws. From this date, traders who sell or provide straws will have to supply recyclable paper straws. Shoppers are also encouraged to ask for no straw when making drink purchases.

We’d love to have the communities support for this campaign, and start saying NO to straws.


On Sunday 5 August ABC’s War on Waste ran a story about the damage plastic straws are doing to the environment. This story only helps cement our decision to implement the ban.

War on Waste: Do we really use 10 million straws a day? We don’t know, but it’s time to count “A rough estimation, based on what the War on Waste team has tallied this year, shows that
the figure of 10 million straws a day is probably not too far off, and may even be an underestimation. Pubs polled used an average of about 90,000 straws per year. Across the 6,000 pubs in Australia, that’s 540 million straws used by pubs alone. Then add in fast food chains: there are 900 McDonald’s restaurants across the country, serving more than 1.7 million people a day. If only half of those customers got a straw, that one fast food chain would be accounting for more than 850,000 straws a day. And that’s not considering the straws that other fast food chains, RSLs, cafes, restaurants, food courts, movies, airlines, sports grounds, supermarkets, schools, hotels and hospitals would all use daily.” 





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