Straw Wars: The campaign to keep straws out of restaurants… and landfills

Straw Wars is a campaign launched in London’s trendy Soho neighbourhood by restaurants, hotels and bars to reduce the use of plastic straws. Plastic straws are technically recyclable; however they’re not commonly accepted in commercial or residential recycling programs. One straw that may have a useful life of 15 minutes will stay in the landfill for many years. The Straw Wars campaign organizers invite others in the industry to join their cause and stop providing straws unless a customer requests one.

Find out more about the campaign: http://StrawWars.org/

Let’s take this a step further. Even when straws are necessary, there are alternatives to the conventional plastic option…

What are some alternatives to plastic straws? 

The disposable option: Bésics™ straws are made from Ingeo™, a plant sugar-based material called polylactic acid (PLA). They are a compostable alternative to conventional plastic straws and will breakdown completely within 2 months in a commercial compost facility. These straws will also break down in a home compost, but time required will vary. Bésics™ straws are available at BSI in commercial and retail quantities; please contact us for more details: office[at]biodegradablesolutions.com

The reusable option: Stainless steel straws are reusable, dishwasher-safe and readily available at local grocers and online. They are also safe for hot beverages. What’s even better? You can easily make stainless steel straws yourself! Instructions via HoundsInTheKitchen.com

 

 

 

 

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2 Responses to Straw Wars: The campaign to keep straws out of restaurants… and landfills

  1. Love wha you’re doing here and proud to be joining the compostable take away scene.

  2. Mallory McLeod says:

    Lesley, thank you for your interest in the compostable industry. We appreciate your efforts to go sustainable!