The last straw: Soho bars move to ban drinking straws

thumbnailby Nancy Ludwig

WHAT’S HAPPENING

  • Restaurants and bars in London’s trendy Soho district are tackling the problem of plastic waste by only giving drinking straws to customers on request (Londonist.com, 2 February 2012).
  • Eighteen eateries have so far signed up to the “straw wars” campaign in a bid to stem the tide of plastic that ends up either discarded on the streets (en route to landfill) or flushed down drains and (eventually) into the sea.
  • What’s more, the Soho plan seems to be spreading far and wide, to places as diverse as Shoreditch, in the (arguably trendier) East End of London, as well as rural Somerset and even Berlin.

WHAT THIS MEANS TO BUSINESS

  • Responsible proprietors are catching up with their customers and realising every little helps in the war on waste.
  • Joining together to halt the daily detritus demonstrates a shared commitment — among licensees and punters alike — towards responsible recreation.

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