It’s time to be more eco-friendly and introduce plastic straws alternatives; especially if you’re a restaurant owner. There are some great plastic straw alternatives that we’ve organized, described and found suppliers for.
RESTAURANTS MOVE TO ELIMINATE PLASTIC STRAWS
The US uses a staggering number of “500 million straws per day” according to the National Park Service. Recently, restaurants have been acknowledging the severity of this issue and have stepped up to the plate in an effort to minimize plastic waste. Luckily, there are numerous sustainable alternatives to the dated and harmful plastic straw.
One simple step to cutting down on single-use straw consumption is telling servers not to bring a handful of plastic straws to every table. Bartenders also don’t need to put plastic stirrers in every drink. Of course; it is important to provide straws to consumers who ask for them or need them. Restaurants need to have some type of straw for people with disabilities that require them in order to drink. In the NPR article People With Disabilities Want Bans On Plastic Straws To Be More Flexible, people say they’re losing access to a necessary; and sometimes life-saving straws. So eliminating straws altogether is not the right solution. Below are ten innovative eco-friendly alternatives to plastic straws.
PLASTIC STRAW ALTERNATIVES FOR ECO-FRIENDLY BUSINESSES
Below are some fun eco-friendly straws to consider. Each link will take you to a supplier or online store if you’re interested in more information or purchasing the product.
They are 100% chemical-free. Bamboo is biodegradable, naturally antibacterial, and one of the most sustainable resources on earth.
Paper Straws are getting creative and offer a number of different colors and sizes of straws.
Plant Straws (Grass straws)
Plant Straws are crafted from a plant-based plastic called PLA. They are biodegradable and I personally couldn’t tell the difference from this and the original plastic straw.
Steel Straws are durable, reusable and some even come with a case for people to carry around with them. This site offers stainless steel straws as well as a cleaning tool for them.
Silicone Straws are kids friendly, bendable and reusable. They also come in a variety of different colors.
TIME TO BE ECO-FRIENDLY WITH PLASTIC STRAW ALTERNATIVES
Now that you know alternatives to single-use plastic straws and the damage they cause; it is my hope that you think twice before placing your next bulk order for plastic straws. Check out any of the eco-friendly alternatives to straws listed above and become a greener business. It will save our marine life and you’ll rest knowing; that you’re doing your part in making the world a better place to live.
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