A pub firm has become the latest hospitality businesses to do its bit for the environment by banning plastic straws from its outlets.
Redcomb Pubs, which has 14 sites including the recently refurbished Old Manor in Potters Bar, the Bickley Pub & Steakhouse in Chislehurst and Paddington-based bar and casual dining venue, Lockhouse in London, has stopped buying plastic straws and stirrers as of this month.
A biodegradable alternative will be available to customers who specifically ask for and need a straw.
Recomb pointed out that plastic straws and stirrers are made from polypropylene or polystyrene – petroleum products designed to last forever. It has decided to act because of mounting evidence that plastics are particularly harmful to marine life and add to the eight million tonnes of plastic waste that currently leaks into the oceans each year, killing more than one million seabirds and a hundred thousand marine mammals.
Redcomb Pubs is the latest in a string of hospitality firms to make the move away from plastic straws. Liberation Group, Oakman Inns and Restaurants, the Alchemist and JD Wetherspoon have all made similar announcements recently.
Dan Shotton, managing director of Redcomb Pubs, said: “Our pubs use thousands of straws and plastic stirrers each year, and by removing them from our business we will be positively contributing to the worldwide efforts to help reduce plastic waste and its negative impact on our coastlines, marine life and oceans. All too often straws and stirrers are added to drinks without customers even asking for them. This simple act has devastating implications for up to 200 years, the time it takes for plastic straws and stirrers to biodegrade – a far cry from the relatively short time it takes for you to finish your drink.
“While we will be purchasing biodegradable alternatives for our customers that genuinely need a straw, our actions and those taken by other bars and restaurants will hopefully go a long way to help raise awareness and encourage more customers and businesses to get behind the ‘no straws’ campaign.”
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