Take Action

Rise Above Plastic was created with the aim to reduce single-use plastic in coffee shops, restaurants and cafés in the UK. We can’t do it alone though, we need your help to make our dream a reality.

Our first Rise Above Plastic target is plastic straws. They never break down, find their way into animals’ stomachs and our environment. It’s time to replace them!

Over to you:

We have created individual cards which you can directly give to an employee, or leave with your receipt at a restaurant, coffee shop or cafe.

Buy or print the cards below:

The pledge:

Provide a straw only when a customer requests it

Provide compostable or reusable straws

Or get rid of straws completely

Buy a pack

Buy a pack

Rise Above Plastic cards come in packs of 25 and are printed on 100% recycled card.

Print a pack

Print at home

Can't afford a whole pack of cards? You can download and print them at home for less.


Tell us about it

Have you recently left a card with your favourite restaurant, or talked to a enthusiastic employee? Share it with us on social media so we can share your fantastic work!

Don’t forget to mention @riseabovplastic and use the hashtag #riseaboveplastic

Become a RAPtavist

Become a RAPtavist

Want to take it to the next level, talk to local businesses, or share the Rise Above Plastic message further? Sign up here:

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Take Action for your business

Hello proud employee or business owner and thank you for stopping by. If you’re here, then chances are you’ve been given one of our cards and want to take the next step.

Replacing your plastic straws will be a fantastic asset to your business and your customers will love it.

Below are a few examples of the type of straws you could get.

Paper straws

Paper straws

Paper straws are probably the cheapest of the three but will need replacing after each use. Make sure to compost them rather than put them in the bin.

Glass straws

Glass straws

Glass straws are an excellent option but may be prone to breakage if misshandled. Try to buy ones without the bend in them.

Metal straws

Metal straws

Metal straws are in the mid-range when it comes to cost and are the easiest to maintain.

Where to buy reusable or compostable straws

When buying plastic free straws, we have a few recomended online shops. If you find any that you recommend, please get in contact. Or if you need further help, fill out the form below.

Made the change to rise above plastic straws, or need a little extra help? Let us know by filling out this contact form. In the future we are hoping to produce stickers for business windows.

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Donate to Rise Above Plastic

Rise Above Plastic is a not for profit project run by a community of volunteers, to help this community grow - please consider donating. Your donation will go towards the continued work and improvement of RAP.