The next time you order a cool beverage in a Mumbai eatery and consider asking for a straw, make sure you look around. A special poster might catch your eye, and it’s your cue to know that asking for plastic straws at the restaurant will be firmly, albeit politely, refused.
Not just posters, bars and restaurants across Mumbai are taking up a variety of green initiatives. These steps are part of a global online campaign to raise awareness about the damaging effects of plastic straws, reports Mid-day.
The ‘#refusethestraw’ campaign aims to put an end to the use plastic straws. What started as an online initiative to spread awareness about the dangers of non biodegradable plastic straws, quickly escalated into a bigger movement, attracting both individuals and establishments to make a pledge to ditch the plastic straw.
The Bagel Shop, located in the city Bandra neighbourhood, is one such eatery that has are using awareness posters for customers. The restaurant has also stopped supplying plastic straws in deliveries. For those who insist on using a straw however, they offer paper straws sourced by the restaurant buys from a local supplier.
The Little Door, a pub in the Andheri neighbourhood, is also planning to execute the campaign in the next few days. Co-owner Bhuvan Narang told Mid-day, “We will put up tent cards in the restaurant, recommending guests to recycle their straws, that is, use the same one for their next round of cocktails. Honestly, I don’t believe that straws add to the presentation of a drink. In fact, a straw in a drink can be an eyesore.”
Having launched a new menu, in which most drinks don’t require straws, Bhuvan added that plastic consumption can be greatly reduced if the 1,000+ bars across the city become more responsible.
Pankil Shah, co-founder of Neighbourhood Hospitality, a Mumbai-based supplier of restaurant services said, “Being a diver, I have seen the damage that plastic does to seas and oceans. Any beverage that uses straw can be substituted with a paper straw.”
Keeping in mind that people want straws with their drinks, many restaurants are offering paper straws as substitutes. Shunya, a city-based supplier of eco-friendly and sustainable products is present supplying paper straws and plates made using sugarcane fibre to many local eateries that have made the pledge.