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Success for MP’s plastic straw campaign as Punch say it’s “the final straw”

Friday 26th January 2018 (Andrew Griffiths)
Success for MP’s plastic straw campaign as Punch say it’s “the final straw”


Burton’s MP Andrew Griffiths has seen an early success in his campaign to persuade Burton’s pub companies to ditch plastic straws from their pubs as Punch Taverns announce they will no longer serve drinks with plastic straws.

The announcement came after Andrew wrote to Burton’s three major pub companies, calling on them to ban the use of plastic straws and stirrers in drinks in their pubs.  Punch is the first of the pub companies in Burton to take this decision, and they have said they will not only remove plastic straws from view in their pubs but also that they hope to introduce environmentally sustainable alternatives.

Andrew said: “It is fantastic to hear that Punch have agreed to stop giving out plastic straws in the pubs they manage directly, and will be encouraging their tenant landlords to do the same.  I have been in many a pub when straws and stirrers are given out unnecessarily, and the plastic only ends up in the ocean, damaging sea life as it is not biodegradable.

“With estimates suggesting there could be as much as five trillion pieces of plastic in the world’s oceans, we must all do more to reduce the amount of plastic used unnecessarily.  I welcome Punch’s decision, and I hope Burton’s other pub companies will join them.”

Paul Pavli, managing director of operations at Punch said: “Alongside a number of our peers in the industry, we are committed to reducing the use of damaging plastic straws in our retail pubs and will also be encouraging our circa 1,200 leased and tenanted publicans to join the campaign.”

Andrew wrote to Burton’s pub companies following the Government’s ban on microbeads, tiny pieces of plastic used in cosmetic products that end up in the seas and are damaging to fish.

Punch’s campaign on plastics will be on social media at #thefinalstraw.

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