Eva Mackinley

Founder of The Last Straw Australia

TASNomineeLocal Hero2021

Eva Mackinley aims to change the use of plastic drinking straws in venues across Australia. She works with businesses and communities to reduce the number of straws being used and helps them transition to a reusable alternative.

Since Eva began The Last Straw in 2015, she has encouraged around 1000 Australian venues to change their straw use – saving about 20 million plastic straws from entering the waste system. Her achievements have inspired a network of eco-warriors from around the globe to become advocates in their own communities.

Before launching The Last Straw, Eva was a director of Global Partners for Changes, a program that supports young Kenyans to create social change in their communities.

She was the first Tasmanian Ambassador for the 2014 One Young World Summit held in Dublin, and a youth delegate to the 2013 Rotary International Peace Conference. Eva is a 2020 General Sir John Monash Scholar and Rotary Peace Fellow.