Boadicea Bar and Restaurant is making a stand against the amount of ‘single-use’ plastic straws used by substituting them for paper alternatives. It comes in light of the Prime Minister recently declaring ‘war on plastics’ and amid estimated figures from Greenpeace indicating that 12.7 million tonnes of plastic end up in our oceans every single year. We will now only purchase paper straws and will take the proactive step of asking revellers if they require a straw before supplying them.
Josh Campbell-Broome, Managing Director at Boadicea Bar and Restaurant, said: “We were throwing away hundreds of plastic straws each week without realising the impact. Like everyone else our eyes were opened by Blue Planet and the constant shocking stories of how much plastic is making its way into our oceans and destroying the planet. It made for uncomfortable viewing for us knowing we weren’t doing enough ourselves.
We wanted to make a stand against the levels of plastics we were consuming and despite the increase costs to upgrade to paper, it was a no brainer for us. The pressure to ditch plastics is growing day-by-day and we hope acting now will lead to other businesses in Colchester boycotting plastics in the future.”