Media reports have highlighted the effect plastic waste is having on the environment

Media reports have highlighted the effect plastic waste is having on the environment

The Scotch Whisky Association has urged its members to phase out plastic straws and stirrers as it joins a growing number of organisations making similar sustainability pledges.

The trade body for Scotch whisky said today its own plastic ban will cover straws and stirrers from its offices, industry and events. They will be replaced by "environmentally-friendly biodegradable alternatives", it said.

The SWA represents a number of Scotch whisky producers, and the body said it would encourage members to follow suit.

"We hope that this SWA commitment will lead to the industry uniting behind biodegradable alternatives so that Scotch whisky cocktails can continue to be enjoyed without discarded plastics continuing to have a damaging impact on land as well as at sea," the SWA said.

Companies including Johnnie Walker-owner Diageo, Chivas Regal's Pernod Ricard and Bacardi have already announced their own bans on plastic straws and stirrers. The bans follow media reports highlighting the effect of plastic waste on the world's oceans and marine life.

Not all spirits companies back a ban on plastic. Speaking to just-drinks this month, Campari CEO Kunze-Concewitz said educating on-premise workers in recycling plastic would have a greater impact on sustainability.

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