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Diageo commits to phasing out use of plastic straws and stirrers

In December 2017 we confirmed a new policy in relation to the use and promotion of plastic straws and plastic drink stirrers by our business and brands.

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For over a decade, Diageo has been committed to making our packaging more sustainable – principally through increasing recycled content, reducing the weight and increasing recyclability of all product packaging.

Our commitment to phasing out the use of all plastic straws and stirrers marks the next progressive step in reducing our environmental impact. This is alongside a broader policy on plastic packaging in general. 

Diageo commits to phasing out use of plastic straws and stirrers

The new policy will see the use and promotion of plastic straws and plastic drink stirrers phased out

“Diageo is committed to minimising our environmental impact and we are, like many of our consumers, increasingly concerned about the negative environmental impact associated with the irresponsible disposal of plastic straws. We are therefore committed to phasing out the use of all plastic straws and stirrers from all our offices, events, promotions, advertising and marketing globally – and will advocate the same to our partners and customers. When the use of straws is important to the enjoyment of our brands we will only use reusable, compostable or biodegradable alternatives”

David Croft
David Croft

Global Sustainable Development Director

We have a comprehensive approach to managing the environmental impact of our packaging - an integral part of our Diageo Sustainability & Responsibility 2020 Targets. Specifically we have committed to reduce the overall weight of our packaging, increase the level of recycled materials we use in our packaging, and ensuring all our packaging is recyclable as set out in our Diageo Supplementary Guideline on Plastics and our Sustainable Packaging Commitments.

 

Find out more about how we’re reducing our environmental impact here.