Plastic Drinking Straws
Plastic straws are everywhere. From the swizzle stick that we use to stir our morning coffee to the straw in our milkshake, sources estimate that we go through over 500 million plastic straws a day in the US alone! That’s a lot of straws. And they only get used once. Not only that, but you can’t put those straws into your single-sort recycling. People are beginning to consider the impact of the humble plastic straw on the environment, and are thinking about ways to #StopSucking.
As a customer, you can ask your server to hold the straw. If you really can’t live without a straw, there are lots of reusable options out there that you can take with you. A quick search on the Internet will turn up all sorts of reusable straw options in steel, glass, silicone, and even bamboo. Some straws come with custom cases and special cleaning brushes, and others are designed to go right into your dishwasher.
For business owners, straws are a big expense. A great place to start cutting back on straw usage in your business is to offer straws as an option to your customers, rather than automatically giving them straws. This is especially good for guests who will be consuming their beverages in-house. You may be surprised how many guests decline the straw when offered!
For to-go orders, chances are customers will want to have straws. There are all sorts of alternatives to plastic straws available, from compostable plastic straws that have to be handled through a commercial composting service to old-fashioned (and very stylish!) paper straws. It’s true that they cost more, but they send a strong message to your customers about your concern for the environment, and can become a great marketing tool and conversation starter!
Business owners in the East Metro can get help to switch from disposable to compostable straws and other compostable to-go supplies through BizRecycling. We offer free technical assistance and grant funding to help your business add compostable supplies and organics recycling services. Contact us today to get started!