TGI Fridays to remove plastic straws from its UK restaurants

TGi Fridays Leicester Square

TGI Fridays has announced it will be removing all plastic straws from its restaurants to reduce plastic waste and help protect the environment.

Acting in response to demand from both guests and its teams, the bars at its 81 sites will serve drinks only with straws that are biodegradable and 100% recyclable from March 13.

Additionally, unless specifically requested by the guest, straws will only be offered to children and people buying blended drinks and milkshakes.

Alyson Scott, procurement and supply chain director at TGI Fridays UK, said: “As a leading brand in the UK, we have a responsibility to our guests and our planet to indeed lead the way when it comes to corporate social responsibility – and set an example to others when it comes to important issues that affect us all, like plastic waste.

“In light of this, we’ve made the decision to replace single-use plastic straws with paper straws in all our restaurants, following feedback from our Fridays family and guests.

“We’re always looking at ways to make a difference, and the opinion of our guests is incredibly important to us – which is why we’re proud to be taking this step in the right direction.”

The move is part of the brand’s wider corporate social responsibility strategy that looks at ways to improve guest experience and tackle challenges across the estate, including food and plastic waste.

It is estimated that it takes hundreds of years for plastic straws to decompose, which is proving particularly harmful to marine wildlife. TGI Fridays’ decision follows similar moves by bar and pub companies such as 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.

Pictured: TGI Fridays in Leicester Square, London.

Previous stories
February 5, 2018: Single-use plastic straws are to be removed from all bars and restaurants at Marriott International hotels in the UK as part of efforts to protect the environment.
January 24, 2018: 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.
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.

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