Say no to straws!

While it might be a small thing, every little action will get create a cleaner Namibia.

19 November 2018 | Environment

When the tourism industry launched its “Joining hands, linking brands for a cleaner Namibia” initiative in December last year, they could only hope that the call would resonate widely throughout the country.

Whether co-incidence, consequence or a common realisation, the time has come for Namibians to rise to the challenge, and since then newspapers and social media blogs are filled with people cleaning road-side stretches across the country, all of which adds to the national drive towards a cleaner Namibia.

In this vein, the Hospitality Association of Namibia and FENATA, with the support of the Eco Awards Alliance and Recycle Namibia Forum (referred to as the Trio), felt it apt to launch a focussed campaign as part of the national initiative, targeting the hospitality industry in the hope of limiting plastic pollution in our dams, rivers and oceans.

According to the Trio, with the assistance of major corporates from the retail and banking fraternity, they were able to launch a set of posters and images that call for a “No Straw” movement in Namibia.

With this, they call on hotels, restaurants and food & beverage outlets to consider reducing if not completely banning the use of one-way plastic straws. At the same time, business owners are called on to seek alternatives for the once-off straw, while consumers are urged to think “if you cannot re-use it, refuse it!”

Therefore, in support of the motto of 2019’s Namibia Tourism Expo that was officially launched earlier this week, the Trio calls on all Namibians, service providers and customers alike, to say “No to Straws”, thereby taking hands for a cleaner Namibia.

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