Thanks for your interest in making your business a little more environmentally friendly.

No straw at all is the best option, but some customers will always need one, so we are asking businesses to permanently change from plastic straws to eco-friendly ones. We recommend paper, but there are various biodegradable options on the market which look similar to conventional plastics. These can be a little more expensive, but the cost can be balanced out by moving to “straws on request only”, which can even appear as a sign on the bar or the drinks menu. You can find more details here on our Straw Alternatives list.

We appreciate that some chains are limited in what they can provide to customers, and so are asking them, if they can’t change from plastic straws, to move to “straws available on request only”. Please also mention our campaign to your head office. Even very big chains are starting to phase out plastic straws, such as All Bar One , McDonalds and Jamie’s Italian.

Please contact us and let us know about the changes you make! We would love to share your commitment on social media, and add you to our ever-growing list of businesses who have signed up:

These businesses provide biodegradable straws:

Aylett Nurseries – Dahlia Coffee House

Bar Azita

The Beech House

The Blackberry Jack

The Boot

The Brocket Arms

Charlie’s Coffee Shop

The Courtyard Cafe

The Craft and Cleaver

Dylan’s at the Kings Arms

The Farmer’s Boy

The Fleetville Larder

Foragers at the Verulam Arms

Gail’s Bakery

The Garibaldi

The Gate, Bricket Wood

George Street Canteen

The Great Northern

The Green Kitchen

The Hare and Hounds

Harry’s Bar


Heartwood Tearooms

HIIT Kitchen

The Hub Redbourn

Inn on the Park

Jamie’s Italian – 36 branches

The Jolly Sailor

The Lower Red Lion

Lussmanns – 5 branches


The Meraki Festival

The Mermaid

The Odyssey Cinema

Ye Olde Fighting Cocks

Prae Wood Arms

Pret A Manger

The Pudding Stop

Queen’s Head, Sandridge

The Reading Rooms (Farr Brew Tap Room)

Rose & Crown, Sandridge

Smokehouse Deli

St Albans Museum and Gallery


Tabure – 2 branches

The Victoria

The Waffle House

The White Hart Tap

The White Horse Harpenden – 17 pubs

The White Lion

These businesses provide plastic straws on request only:

The Harpenden Arms