The last straw

Pub to ban plas­tic

Dumfries & Galloway Standard - - FRONT PAGE - Kenny Mac­Don­ald

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

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