Thursday 23 May 2019

Supermac's to ditch plastic straws at all outlets

Pat McDonagh and Minister Richard Bruton enjoy a soft drink
Pat McDonagh and Minister Richard Bruton enjoy a soft drink
Amy Molloy

Amy Molloy

Supermac's has become the latest franchise to ditch plastic straws and replace them with paper ones.

The Irish fast-food chain announced the move today after a successful trial run at its Westport branch.

Paper straws will now be introduced at all 116 outlets across the country.

Communications Minister Richard Bruton said this will help reduce the amount of disposable plastic and send an important message.

“It’s practical steps like this that help to put us on a more sustainable path which is essential if we are to achieve the step up that is required across the board," he said.

"Supermac’s decision to remove plastic straws from its 116 outlets will put the company on a more sustainable footing and demonstrates the company’s commitment to making progress on this issue."

Supermac's boss Pat McDonagh
Supermac's boss Pat McDonagh

Pat McDonagh, managing director of Supermac's, said the roll out has already begun.

 “We announced last year that we would be implementing our Glan agus Glas campaign to play our part in eliminating single use plastics.

"Since then we have introduced 100pc recyclable coffee cups, biodegradable burger wraps and the setting up of Green Teams in our outlets,” Mr McDonagh said.

“We recognise the strain that single use plastics are having on our environment and that every little bit counts."

Earlier this week, the maker of Guinness announced it is removing plastic from its beer packaging.

Plastic ring carriers and shrink wrap will be removed from multipacks of Diageo's beer products - Guinness, Harp, Rockshore and Smithwick's. They will be replaced with 100pc recyclable and biodegradable cardboard.

The multi-can packs will be replaced by cardboard packs. Individual cans are fully recyclable. The new packaging will be on the shelves in Ireland from August, while the UK and other international markets will follow in 2020.

To achieve this, Diageo is investing €18.5m to reduce the amount of plastics used in its packaging.

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