Pictured: Leonie Ettridge, Amy Ettridge and Toni O'Brien have had the last (plastic) straw.
LAKE Leschenaultia's Reflections Café has joined The Last Straw project to help end the use of disposable plastic straws. This means locals and visitors will still be able to enjoy the café's range of delicious beverages, only through new paper straws instead.
The Last Straw campaign aims to reduce the use of plastic straws from the 500 million per day that are currently thrown away globally.
Reflections Café co-ordinator Leonie Ettridge said adopting the program was a small but important change.
"A plastic straw can last for 100 years after you have finished your drink. They are very light and if they blow away from bins they can pose a hazard to our native wildlife," Ms Ettridge said.
"Given the option, a lot of people will just do without a straw or are happy with a biodegradable paper straw as an alternative."
Ms Ettridge said people come to the café to enjoy the lake's beautiful surroundings and, so far, have been very supportive of the change.
"This is an easy step for local cafés and food outlets to avoid single-use plastics and be more environmentally friendly," she said.
Shire President John Daw said the decision by Reflections Café and the Shire's Bilgoman Aquatic Centre to join The Last Straw showed great local leadership in caring for the environment.
"In the Perth Hills we are exceptionally lucky to live and work in a naturally beautiful environment and it goes without saying, our community feels strongly about preserving our surroundings," said Cr Daw.
"It's great to see the Shire and local business paving the way for a more sustainable, environmentally friendly future."
Also a part of the Responsible Cafés initiative, Reflections Café is offering a 30 cent discount on hot, take-away beverages to customers who bring their own re-usable cup.