Pernod Ricard bans plastic straws
Pernod Ricard has joined Bacardi in banning the use of plastic straws in any part of its business.
The company said: "We believe that small acts have a big impact - and that is why Pernod Ricard has decided to stop using non-biodegradable plastic straws and stirrers in any part of its business. Kicking off the year with concrete resolutions, the Group has asked all its affiliates globally to ensure they are not used at any Pernod Ricard events in the future, as has been the case since the run up to the holiday season.
"The drinks industry has been using them for decades and following the rebirth of cocktails there has been an explosion in their usage adorning glasses globally. A straw which is only used on average for 20 minutes can take more than 200 years to breakdown into smaller pieces and often does not fully disintegrate."
Vanessa Wright, recently appointed Group VP Sustainability & Responsibility, added: "The history of Pernod Ricard and our values are intrinsically linked to social responsibility and care - it is a part of us, and the creation of the Paul Ricard Oceanography Institute more than 50 years is a concrete example. We know that this type of non-biodegradable plastic is having a detrimental impact on the environment and oceans, and for us it's crucial that we play our role in helping to prevent any further damage "
Bacardi banned plastic straws in 2016 as part of its ‘Good Spirited: Building a Sustainable Future’ campaign.
In a statement, the company said: "As straws and stirrers are among the most collected pieces of trash in our oceans, coupled with the ten litres of water used to produce one bottle of a premium spirit, the company knows water is a critical resource for all its brands and local communities."
Bacardi director of trade advocacy Ian McLaren said: "Plastic straws don’t biodegrade, and their use is ubiquitous across many industries, including the spirits market. We are resolved to be part of the solution, and this includes reducing the amount of waste we produce."