Ei to introduce biodegradable straws to entire pub estate

By Georgina Townshend

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Protecting the planet: time is up for the plastic straw at many UK pubcos
Protecting the planet: time is up for the plastic straw at many UK pubcos

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Ei Group is set to introduce a new biodegradable straw to its entire Ei Managed Operations estate - becoming the latest major pubco to join the fight against plastics.

Due to the rising concerns over global plastic pollution, Ei Group is working closely with cleaning and hygiene supplier Zenith to introduce a biodegradable solution to plastic straws.

The new straws, which are made from 100% renewable resources are fully compostable and breakdown in just 12 weeks.

The introduction comes as the Government revealed its 25-year Environmental Plan to reduce plastic waste.

Ei Group has been working on an environmental solution for the business in order to support the wider hospitality industry initiative, it said. 

Severe implications

Ei Group commercial director Paul Harbottle said: “We are committed to reducing our environmental impact, including the reduction of non-recyclable waste, to running a more eco-friendly and sustainable operation, while supporting our industry.

“Plastic waste has severe implications on the environment and we are pleased to be able to remove plastic straws and replace them with a biodegradable alternative, which break down in under 90 days.

“These straws are available across all of the Ei Managed Operations estate, including Craft Union and Bermondsey Pub Company sites, as well as Hippo Inns, part of our Ei Managed Investments portfolio.

“These straws have also been made readily available to our Ei Publican Partnerships estate and we highly recommend publicans consider these alternatives moving forward, to better our environment and company initiative.”

  • To see a list of plastic straw alternatives, click here​.

Pub companies that have already banned plastic straws:

  • JD Wetherspoon
  • Liberation Group
  • Oakman Inns
  • All Bar One
  • Laine Pub Co
  • Redcomb Pubs
  • Be At One
  • Punch

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