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Diary: The last straw at the Royal Court

With more than eight million tonnes of plastic being dumped into our oceans each year, and David Attenborough sagely reminding us on regular prime-time television that there has never been a more pressing time for us to clean up our act, Tabard agrees that theatre should be paying due attention to its own garbage.

No, I’m not talking about I Can’t Sing! – thankfully safely confined to landfill rather than having made its way anywhere near a recycling bin. No, the matter at hand is the plastic bottles, cups and straws that seem to dominate the bars and auditorium floors of our great theatres.

One establishment has taken Attenborough’s warning to heart. London’s Royal Court has committed to ditching plastic straws in all its drinks henceforth. The Court claims that around three and a half million straws are used every day in the UK, the majority of which end up in the oceans and endangering its inhabitants.

More theatres should take a leaf out of the Royal Court’s book, Tabard reckons, and get rid of wasteful plastic. It may seem like an insignificant contribution, but it might just be the straw that breaks the camel’s back.

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