Pub chain JD Wetherspoon have announced that they will stop using plastic straws across its 900 pubs in the UK and Republic of Ireland by the end of this year.
In addition, and with immediate effect, straws will no longer be automatically added to drinks, although they remain available for customers if requested.
From January 2018, all of the company’s pubs will use biodegradable paper straws.
Wetherspoon chief executive John Hutson said: “These changes are part of an overall commitment from the company to reduce the amount of non-recyclable waste produced.
“We believe that Wetherspoon pub-goers will welcome this.”
This is a big step forward, Wetherspoon pubs use 70 million straws a year, and this can only be a good thing for the environment and we can hope that other places follow suit.
Straws have recently become a bigger issue worldwide, just earlier this month we covered Lonely Whale’s Stop Sucking Campaign which aims to highlight the huge use of straws and the consequences in the US, with the claim that by 2050 there will be a larger weight of plastics in the ocean than fish.