Revolution Bars Group has become the latest operator to ban plastic straws, removing them from drinks across its 73 venues nationally.
Tying in with the launch of its latest menu (pictured) this month, the group is making the move as part of a new sustainability campaign. Revolution and Revolución de Cuba bars currently get through 30 million plastic straws a year, including three million in London alone.
A biodegradable, fully compostable alternative manufactured from plant-based plastic PLA will be available to customers who specifically ask for and require a straw. The campaign is supported by activity with the hashtags of #TheFinalStraw and #NoStrawPorFavor.
Further significant measures to reduce wastage include switching to dehydrated fruit garnishes, with the result that 30% less fruit is now wasted, and replacing all beverage napkins with ceramic coasters at Revolución de Cuba sites which will be rolled out across the entire estate if it proves successful.
The group is also partnering with Refill, the initiative that offers free tap water, adding all bars within the group to the 1,600 refill stations currently available across the UK.
Commercial director Myles Doran said: “We have a huge responsibility as one of the leading premium bar groups in the UK to get behind the ‘no straws’ campaign.
“By switching to dehydrated fruit we’ve already saved a third on fruit garnish wastage and reduced the number of deliveries required to our bars.
“The new measures will significantly reduce the amount of non-recyclable waste in our restaurants and bars and hopefully encourage more businesses to follow suit.
“We need to start acting now if we’re going to make a real difference to our environment and wildlife.”
The company’s decision 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.
It follows similar actions by bar, club and pub operators such as The Deltic Group, 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.
Revolution Bars Group has expanded to 73 sites across the UK with the opening this week of a Revolución de Cuba in Temple Street in Birmingham.