Youngsters from William de Yaxley CofE Academy have launched a campaign to persuade local businesses to ban the use of plastic straws.

Pupils from Year 6 have written to seven businesses locally asking them to replace plastic drinking straws with those made of paper.

The campaign follows work in the school – which is run by the Diocese of Ely Multi-Academy Trust – to write persuasively and understand more about protecting the environment.

The children have written to KFC, Burger King, McDonalds, Costa Coffee, Starbucks and two branches of Subway, enclosing a copy of a display created in school highlighting the dangers posed by plastic straws.

English writing teacher Vicky Birley said: “I was very impressed not only with the children’s persuasive writing skills, but also their commitment to the environment – in particular the use of plastic drinking straws. I hope the businesses they wrote to will take their comments on board and reconsider their use of plastic straws.”