01 July 2018

8.5 Billion single-use plastic straws are thrown away in the UK each year, and as the social media fallout from recent TV shows like Blue Planet II has highlighted- most of this waste ends up in our oceans.

With public and political momentum building towards tackling the unsustainable problem of plastic pollution, Hospitality Ulster (along with partners Henderson Foodservice, Hospitality Review NI and Sunday Life) have launched ‘The Last Straw’, a hospitality industry pledge to do our part in ensuring the long term sustainability of the environment.

With the quality of biodegradable alternatives to single use plastic straws ever-increasing, there has never been a better or more convenient time to make the switch.

Hospitality Ulster partners Henderson Foodservice has introduced their own environmentally friendly ‘Green Straws’ (other colours are available) as part of the Enviroware range, and reports from hospitality businesses already using the product are overwhelmingly positive.

Kiera Campbell, Sales Director for Henderson Foodservice said: “We’re delighted to support such a highly relevant initiative with Hospitality Ulster.  As a business we have a sustainability agenda and working with Enviroware helps strengthen these commitments to reducing waste and use of plastic in a demanding industry.”

Hospitality Ulster Chairman and Licensee of The Coachman in Magherafelt Mark Stewart has been using the product for some time, and said:

“There have been some early versions of biodegradable straws which turn to mush midway through the customer’s drink, and I’m aware that some business owners may be hesitant after hearing those types of stories.

“However, I’m glad to say that Henderson Foodservice’s Enviroware straw is the best I’ve found- my customers have been surprised at the quality and durability, some have even used the same straw for a second drink with no negative effects!

“It’s important that drinking straws are positioned by the industry as optional by default- however when a customer asks for one I’m glad I have a quality biodegradable product to offer.”

A number of well-known Hospitality Businesses have already taken the Last Straw pledge, and their progress will be covered in the weeks and months to come by the Sunday Life newspaper.

We would love for you to join them- simply cut out the poster opposite to publicly demonstrate your commitment, and move to adopt biodegradable straws instead of single use plastic, which are optional at the customer’s request.

A special introductory offer for HU members for the Enviroware Green Straw, along with downloadable posters and logos for your social media and printed material can be found HERE.