#9 Eva Mackinley - Founder of The Last Straw

Meet Eva

Eva describes herself as a social change hipster, having been working in the industry since before social change was cool. From the age of 15 Eva has devoted her life to social good, starting with volunteering her summer holidays working in the office of a Tasmanian youth empowerment organisation, to the leadership team of national fundraising campaign Live Below the Line, to consulting on youth participation across the country with MoHow, to taking the leap and founding her own initiative The Last Straw in 2015.

Eva currently spends her time running The Last Straw, a campaign to end the use of plastic straws in venues around Australia. Over 100 venues across the country have changed their straw use so far, with over 4 million plastic straws being saved from use since the campaign started. The Last Straw has been backed by the Foundation for Young Australians and Taronga Zoo, and has established partnerships with organisations around the country. In her free time, Eva is a member of the Start Up Tasmania board, Awesome Foundation Melbourne and is undertaking her honours in Middle East Studies anda Diploma of Arabic at Deakin University.

What we discuss

  • Navigating your social change pathway
  • Why sustainability is so important now
  • How straws and waste impact sustainability
  • Barriers to development solving issues in other countries


The Last Straw Website: http://www.laststraw.com.au/

The Last Straw Instagram: @thelaststrawaus

The Last Straw Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/thelaststrawaus/