The Deltic Group has announced that it is to stop using single-use plastic straws in all 57 of its late-night bars and clubs across the UK.
Drinks will be served without a straw as standard but, when required, staff will use straws made from PLA, a plant-based plastic that biodegrades in six months.
It is part of a growing movement to stop using single-use plastic straws which take hundreds of years to decompose, causing harm to the environment, particularly marine wildlife. Deltic will highlight the issue with a campaign under the banner of #nostrawsattached.
The new PLA straws will be disposed of in allocated food waste bins which will be rolled out across the estate in late March. Deltic will provide its staff with guidelines to ensure straws and plastics are recycled properly, reinforcing a best eco-friendly process.
Alongside significant cost savings, removing plastic straws from Deltic’s estate marks an important step forward in the group’s sustainability plans.
Chief executive Peter Marks said: “We are pleased to announce that we will no longer be buying, using or serving plastic straws to any of our customers at any of our venues. These changes form part of a broader commitment to run a more environmentally friendly and sustainable operation.”
Deltic’s decision follows similar moves by bar and pub companies such as TGI Friday’s UK, Ei Group, Be At One, Mitchells & Butlers’ All Bar One, JD Wetherspoon, Experimental Group, The New World Trading Company’s The Botanist, Oakman Inns, Redcomb Pubs and Marriott International.