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Why Popular Alcohol Companies Are Eliminating Plastic From Their Brands

By Brian Spaen

Two adult beverage companies, Diageo and Pernod Ricard, are eliminating the use of plastic straws and stirrers. Both of them recently announced that they’ll be removing these products from their business entirely and won’t be encouraging them in advertisements. It’s a move that continues the growing trend of limiting plastic straw use worldwide.

Last December, Diageo implemented a new policy to phase out plastic packaging. This included the use of any plastic straws and stirrers in the British company’s products. A number of popular alcoholic beverages fall under the Diageo brand, including Johnnie Walker, Crown Royal, Smirnoff, and Guinness.

Diageo’s ban would stretch to their office buildings and any events or advertisements that showcased their beverages. David Croft, the company’s Global Sustainable Development Director, said in the policy update that “reusable, compostable, or biodegradable alternatives” would only be used when needed.