It’s the last straw – plastic that is – for a pub in Netherfield which is doing its bit for the planet.
It’s Inn the Bank at Netherfield after the boozer has called time on the use of plastic single-use straws in a bid to save the environment.
The venue on Victoria Road is now offering its customers innovative new biodegradable straws made using vegetable extract.
Plastic waste has been a hot topic nationally in recent months after its impact was highlighted in the BBC’s Blue Planet II.
Not long after the programme aired, a member of staff suggested to the pub’s landlord David Murphy that alternative eco-friendly straws were available, which prompted him into action.
Mr Murphy said: “Millions saw the effect plastic pollution is having on the environment from watching Blue Planet. It was shocking.”
“Once we were told about the straws it seemed like the right thing to do,”
“These straws biodegrade in six months rather than hundreds of years so they won’t add to the planet’s pollution problems,” said Mr Murphy who, along with wife Nicola, also runs catering firm menus4venues.co.uk, which will also be using the environmentally friendly straws.
He added: “Our customers are environmentally aware so I’m sure they’ll welcome the change and agree that plastic sucks!”
The pub will join a number of other chains and independent venues in the region, and nationally, in banning plastic straws to reduce plastic consumption.
According to Greenpeace statistics, plastic straws are one of the top 10 items found in beach clean-ups.
JD Wetherspoons was the first chain of pubs to announce it will phase out the use of single-use plastic straw from all its UK and Ireland sites.