Not in da Club: Deltic Group Declares ‘No Straw Attached’

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The notice displayed in night clubs informing you of which substances are banned is going to need to be updated to include another item of contraband: the plastic straw.

The Deltic Group, the UK’s largest operator of ‘premium late night bars and clubs’ announced late last week that it has removed plastic straws from its 57 venues across the UK with immediate effect.

Under the so-called #nostrawattached campaign, the company said that drinks will no longer be served with a straw as standard.

If customers request a straw they will receive one made from PLA, a plant-based plastic that biodegrades in six months and contains 67 per cent less embodied carbon than oil-based PP plastic.

The company added that the new straws will be disposed of in dedicated food waste bins for recycling.

“We are pleased to announce that we will no longer be buying, using or serving plastic straws to any of our customers at any of our venues,” said Peter Marks, chief executive of The Deltic Group, in a statement. “These changes form part of a broader commitment to run a more environmentally friendly and sustainable operation.”

The commitment is the latest in a string of announcements from across the hospitality sector as leading brands seek to crack down on plastic waste.

In recent months, brands such as Wetherspoons, Pernod Ricard, and Malmaison have all pledged to end the use of plastic straws on their premises.