Publicans  at Limerick's Market Quarter switch to eco-friendly straws

Publicans  at Limerick's Market Quarter switch to eco-safe straws

Plastic straws are no longer in use at Limerick's Market Quarter

LIMERICK’S nightlife quarter has made one simple, switch to collectively do its bit for the environment, by switching from plastic straws to ones made from biodegradable materials.

The Market Quarter, which includes Flannerys, The Icon, Angel Lane, Smyths, Molly Malones, Mother Macs and The Red Hen, is to collectively do its bit for the environment by making one small, simple switch. 

"Every pub in the Market Quarter switched over last weekend,” James McMahon of Mother Macs said. 

“We’re all going to be involved in it and it’ll hopefully extend out from that.” 

“It was something we were looking at for a while, and thinking about how we’d go about it.”

It’s a small change that will make a big difference given the amount of drinks served each week, he added. “To look at them, they look the exact same as a plastic straw, but they’re biodegradable, so they’ll break down.”

“They dissolve over time. I think it takes about six months.” 

A  host of multinational companies including Starbucks, Disney and McDonalds recently announced that plans were in place to phase out the use of plastic straws by 2020. 

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