A campaign has been launched by Irish Pubs Global, the association for Irish pubs worldwide, urging all members to phase out the use of plastic drinking straws in their establishments.

The campaign is an effort to help combat the issue of plastic pollution, which has increased exponentially in recent years. Plastic waste and pollution has been discussed extensively in the media since late 2017, and there is much debate ongoing about single use coffee cups, excessive retail packaging, and unnecessary distribution containers.

Last year, JD Wetherspoon announced it would be replacing plastic straws with a biodegradable alternative across its entire pub network. In November, the well-known Whelan’s live music venue in Dublin confirmed it had replaced all plastic straws with a bio-plastic version. Research has shown that in the US alone, 500m plastic straws are used per day.

As part of the campaign, Irish Pubs Global are offering members 10% off their 2018 membership if they pledge to phase out plastic straws in their pubs, which has received great feedback and interest worldwide.

There are many environmentally friendly alternatives to plastic straws that can be used in pubs, including paper, bioplastic and reusable stainless steel or glass straws.

Averyl Quinn, Community Manager at Irish Pubs Global, commented: “We are delighted to have received such a positive reaction from our members on this issue of combating plastic pollution. The statistics on the environmental impact of plastic straws alone are shocking and we encourage all our members in Irish pubs worldwide to join us in our campaign to end the use of plastic straws and spread awareness on this topic.”

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