D&D London enforces group-wide ban on plastic straws

Campaign ambassadors (L-R): Corrado Lamanuzzi (Fiume restaurant), Andy Ramage (28 Days Sober co-author), James Duigan (Bodyism), Jasmine Hemsley (Hemsley & Hemsley), Sarah Vohra (The Mind Medic), Callum Hall (Creative Debuts founder), Ruari Fairbairns (28 Days Sober co-author)
11/01/2018 - 09:29
Kicking off this month (January), restaurant and bar operator D&D London is enforcing a group-wide ban on plastic straws across its 40-strong venues, including Quaglino’s, Bluebird Café and New Street Grill.

Speaking to the Evening Standard, chief executive and chairman Des Gunewardena said: “I had no idea just how big our use of straws was” – the ES reporting it gave out 1.9 million group-wide last year - only 2.3% of which were made from ‘eco-friendly’ materials. “If you took all the straws we used in 2016, they would stretch from London to Leeds” Gunewardena continued.

Another company to sign up to the 2012-launched ‘straw wars’ initiative, which hopes to cut the use of plastic in the UK and reduce the deaths of thousands of sea birds, marine mammals and turtles, D&D joins brands including Wetherspoon, All Bar One, Oakman Inns and burger chain MEATliquor.

D&D’s move comes as part of its new Mindful City campaign, which will see it host a number of wellness and fitness events throughout the month “promoting wellness and fitness for body and soul," ranging from talks from health ‘guru’ Jasmine Hemsley and Seedlip founder, Ben Branson; new menus (including a paleo and sustainable ‘Blue Planet’) at specific venues; and fitness classes at Coq D’Argent, German Gymnasium and Bluebird.

It has also partnered with the WaterAid charity to help “provide clean water, decent toilets and hygiene to some of the world’s poorest communities,” offering an optional £1 donation to every bill until 13 February.

Gunewardena said: “As restaurateurs, sustainability and caring for the environment generally have been central to how we run our business for years.

“We are also now focusing on giving more choice to customers who want to eat more healthily by choosing vegetarian and vegan options. Last year, one of D&D’s most successful initiatives was the launch of a weekly vegan brunch at Alcazar, our restaurant in Paris.”

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