Scotch Whisky industry to phase out use of plastic straws
29 Jan 2018
The Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) is to phase out the use of
plastic straws and stirrers as part of the industry's continuing
commitment to environmental sustainability.
The SWA's Environmental Strategy - first launched in 2009 and the
only one of its kind covering an entire Scottish sector - set a
series of ambitious targets, including a commitment that by 2020
all product packaging will be 100% recyclable.
The commitment of the SWA to phase out the use of plastic straws
and stirrers and replace them with new environmentally friendly
biodegrable alternatives is a logical extension of that goal. The
SWA will also encourage members to follow suit, and Diageo, Pernod
Ricard and Bacardi have already announced that they will takes
steps to use biodegradable alternatives across their
Commenting, SWA Chief Executive Karen Betts said:
"The Scotch Whisky industry takes sustainability very seriously.
Through our Environment Strategy, the industry is taking steps to
reduce its impact on the environment, including action to reduce
non-fossil fuel use, increase recycling and ensure efficient use of
"Our commitment to phasing out the use of all plastic straws and
stirrers from all our offices, industry and events is yet another
signal of our commitment to the environment.
"It is encouraging to see Scotch Whisky producers taking steps to
phase out unnecessary plastics. We hope that this SWA commitment
will lead to the industry uniting behind biodegradable alternatives
so that Scotch Whisky cocktails can continue to be enjoyed without
discarded plastics continuing to have a damaging impact on land as
well as at sea."
Notes to editors
For further information please contact the SWA Press Office on
0141 221 0707 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
More information on the SWA's Environment Strategy can be found