Paper straws ‘go down a treat’ with customers

Mark Dawson, manager of the Ship Inn at Langstone with the new biodegradable straws which are now going to be used at the pub instead of plastic straws     Picture: Ian Hargreaves  (181101-1)
Mark Dawson, manager of the Ship Inn at Langstone with the new biodegradable straws which are now going to be used at the pub instead of plastic straws Picture: Ian Hargreaves (181101-1)
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A PUB that has made the decision to move away from plastic straws says that companies should follow suit to help save our oceans.

The Ship Inn in Langstone Road, Hayling Island, has swapped plastic straws for biodegradable paper ones, to what staff describe as an ‘overwhelmingly positive’ response from their customers.

Last week The News launched a new campaign called The Last Straw, campaigning for people and businesses to take a stand on single-use plastics.

Staff at The Ship Inn, which is part of the Fuller’s pub and restaurant group, says that this was the start of a bigger fight against plastics in the pub – an issue that the team took very seriously.

Manager Sherie Hale said: ‘We made the decision to move from plastic to paper straws quite recently.

‘The response from our customers so far has ben overwhelmingly positive. People seem to absolutely love the change which is great news.

‘We have some really colourful plastic straws which have gone down a treat with children – and it means we have been able to talk to them about why we have the new straws as well.

‘Not only has the response from out customers been amazing, but word is starting to get out further afield.

‘People are starting to pay attention to plastic use in pubs and restaurants, so to be right on the ball with something like this is really important.’

According to Sherie, Fuller’s is hoping to take further action to reduce the amount of plastic waste produced by restaurants.

She said: ‘There are a few other things in the pipeline – with Fuller’s we try to do our best to cut down on the waste we produce.

‘We recycle as much as we can and everyone here is really keen to take the fight to plastics – it is such an important issue at the moment.’