The last straw
Pub to ban plastic
Pub boss John Maxwell is getting drastic on plastic.
He will ditch straws once his stock runs out and also swap plastic bottles for glass and cans at The Stag, Dumfries.
John said: “I decided to get rid of plastic in the pub after seeing the stories and TV programmes about the damage it does.
“There was an awful scene on TV about a baby turtle with a straw stuck up its nose and it was obviously in pain and distress.
“I also don’t use plastic bags after seeing photos of dolphins with their heads trapped in them and dying in the ocean.
“My last batch of plastic straws is nearly finished and I have ordered paper ones, plus I have got rid of all the plastic bottles for soft drinks and brought in glass bottles.
“It is all to help the environment. Now I am ordering my real ales from the Lowlands instead of places in England to reduce my carbon footprint. “
John is in exalted company following news the Queen and Scottish Government have called time on plastic straws.
Cafes inside Holyrood and Buckingham palaces have ditched them along with promises from the National Trust for Scotland and Glasgow University to get rid of plastic straws from offices and venues.
The Scottish Parliament’s catering outlets were using around 4,000 plastic drinking straws a year. But with growing concern over single-use plastics, staff decided it was time to make the switch.
Our sister paper the Sunday Mail has been running a Last Straw campaign to make Scotland the first country to kick out plastic straws.
No more John Maxwell will switch to paper straws