Mor drinks firms are moving to ban the use of plastic straws at company events

Mor drinks firms are moving to ban the use of plastic straws at company events

The UK's Prime Minister has outlined plans to crack down on plastics and introduce more water fountains, as part of the Government's pledge to eliminate avoidable plastic waste.

Theresa May yesterday launched the Government's 25-Year Environment Plan. Measures include the removal of consumer single-use plastics from the Government estate. May also announced plans to "significantly increase" water fountains as well as to work with the off-premise channel to introduce plastic-free supermarket aisles.

Meanwhile, Pernod Ricard also announced yesterday a ban on plastic straws and stirrers across all parts of its global business. Diageo outlined a similar ban in December, while Bacardi initiated a no-straw policy in 2016. 

"The drinks industry has been using them [plastic straws and stirrers] for decades and, following the rebirth of cocktails, there has been an explosion in their usage adorning glasses globally," said Pernod. "A straw that is only used on average for 20 minutes can take more than 200 years to break down into smaller pieces and often does not fully disintegrate."

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