Scottish Whisky Association to ban plastic straws.

The representative body for Scotland’s whisky industry has announced it will ban plastic straws and drinks stirrers in an effort to reduce the impact of plastic waste on the planet. The Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) has said the move is part of its ongoing commitment to environmental sustainability.

The SWA’s environmental strategy was launched in 2009 and is the only one of its kind covering an entire Scottish sector. Phasing out single-use plastic straws and stirrers and replacing them with eco-friendly alternatives is a logical extension of that goal, according to the SWA. “The Scotch Whisky industry takes sustainability very seriously,” said Karen Betts, SWA chief executive. “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.”

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Source: The Scotsman, by Ilona Amos.