Ei Group, which has around 4,600 pubs and bars across England and Wales, is axing single-use plastic straws in its managed sites and urging its lessees and tenants to do the same.
It is introducing a biodegradable alternative, which are straws made from 100% renewable resources that are fully compostable and break down in just 12 weeks.
The straws are available across all of the Ei Managed Operations estate, including Craft Union and Bermondsey Pub Company sites, as well as Hippo Inns, part of its Ei Managed Investments portfolio.
Paul Harbottle, group commercial director at Ei Group, added: “These straws have also been made readily available to our Ei Publican Partnerships estate and we highly recommend publicans consider these alternatives moving forward, to better our environment and company initiative.”
Ei Group worked closely with cleaning and hygiene supplier Zenith to identify the alternative because of rising concerns over global plastic pollution and the Government’s new 25-year Environmental Plan to reduce plastic waste.
It is estimated that it takes hundreds of years for plastic straws to decompose, which is proving particularly harmful to marine wildlife.
Paul added: “As a business, we are committed to reducing our environmental impact, including the reduction of non-recyclable waste, to running a more eco-friendly and sustainable operation, whilst supporting our industry.
“Plastic waste has severe implications on the environment and we are pleased to be able to remove plastic straws and replace them with a biodegradable alternative, which break down in under 90 days.”
January 16, 2018: The growing campaign against the use of plastic straws in bars, pubs, restaurants and clubs has been backed by the industry’s trade body, the Association of Licensed Multiple Retailers (ALMR).
December 18, 2017: Bar and pub company Redcomb Pubs has become the latest to stop offering single-use plastic straws and plastic stirrers in all of its sites.
October 24, 2017: Be At One has replaced plastic straws with an environmentally friendly alternative for all drinks across its bars.
July 26, 2017: Bar and restaurant group The Alchemist is to stop automatically serving drinks with plastic straws across all of its sites.