Kate Forbes is spearheading a UK-wide campaign to ban plastic straws because of the danger they pose to onshore and marine environment, has called on supermarkets to ditch plastic straws from their stores.
The MSP spoke out the day after Asda became the first UK supermarket chain to pledge to remove plastic straws from their shelves and also replace them in their store cafes with paper alternatives.
Ms Forbes has written to all of the supermarket chains, and urged retailers to stop stocking plastic straws on shelves and in any cafes.
Already the Scottish Parliament, ScotRail Alliance, CalMac, several councils and public bodies have backed her Final Straw campaign.
Items like plastic straws can take up to 500 years to decompose, despite only being used for less than half an hour.
Tomorrow (7 February) she is expected to raise the issue in the Scottish Parliament chamber as MSPs debate how to tackle the scourge of plastic pollution.
Kate Forbes MSP said: “Asda’s decision to eliminate plastic straws from its cafes is brilliant news.
“I am absolutely delighted to hear that Asda is the first major supermarket to make the move from plastic to biodegradable alternatives.
“That will mean there are 2.4 million fewer plastic straws ending up in our seas and causing damage to our wildlife.”
The MSP for Skye, Lochaber and Badenoch continued: “But, if Asda is using 2.4 million plastic straws every year, then I would think the numbers are comparable for all the other supermarkets and so billions of plastic straws are being used every single year.
“That is why I am calling on other supermarkets to follow Asda’s lead and make the leap from plastic to biodegradable alternatives.
“In the Scottish Parliament chamber I’ll call on supermarkets like Tesco, Lidl and Morrison’s to ditch plastic straws in their cafes and on their shelves.
“Most of us don’t need and don’t want plastic straws, but we don’t always get the choice to say no.
“If supermarkets ditch plastic, then it’s easier for customers to make different choices.”