All England Club ditches plastic straws at Wimbledon tennis

JOnathan Prynn
Called out: plastic straws are being replaced with paper ones at Wimbledon: PA

A cold Pimms has long been a classic tradition of Wimbledon fortnight, but this summer there will be a subtle change — tennis lovers will no longer be served plastic straws.

Bosses at the All England Lawn Tennis Club have decided to switch to paper after the Standard’s Last Straw campaign, which is calling on bars, restaurants, cafés and pubs in London to ditch plastic.

It is part of a broader package of measures to make Wimbledon more eco-minded being unveiled next month.

Hundreds of thousands of cups of Pimms are sold at the tournament each year, most with plastic lids and straws.

Soft drinks also use the offending items. Surrey County Cricket Club said it would not be stocking any more at The Oval as part of a major project to rid the ground of all plastic by 2020.

Theresa May also announced that the Government planned to ban plastic straws and many London venues continue to back the Standard’s campaign.

Hotel operator Edwardian Group said it will ditch plastic straws across its sites, which include the five-star May Fair Hotel and its 11 Radisson Blu Edwardian London hotels, plus 20 restaurants and four spas. MNKY HSE in Mayfair has also switched from plastic to paper.