Following many restaurants and bars in North America and across the globe, The Cascade Room has made the monumental jump to get rid of plastic drinking straws behind their bar.
"The reason to switch was simple" explains general Manager, Justin Taylor. " Plastic straws are simply unnecessary and completely destructive to the environment. When I started to do the math on what we purchase and throw away yearly, and then what it might look like if I multiplied it by all the restaurants in Vancouver, BC, then Canada and beyond for the rest of the world...I almost cried.
I couldn't even begin to imagine what that pile of plastic would look like after each day if we put it all in one spot". This is actually happening in our oceans and landfills every day. Just last week, The Telegraph UK shared this heart-wrenching article of a garbage island literally five miles long, chocking and blanketing the Caribbean sea.
The push from customers and media alike help make the decision to switch easier. At the Cascade Room, cocktails and drinks arrive at the table without a straw. Alongside a short write up in their bar menu, this opens up the conversation about #theinitiative, and that there is another option: classy, glassy drinking straws.
The program has been well received. The popularity of the straws have persuaded the restaurant to sell the glass straws at their bar for $5.00 each, so patrons can enjoy the experience at home as well.
When I asked Justin about their decision to switch, and why they are promoting #noplastic. "Whether you switch to glass or simply not use straws at all...it needs to stop (plastic use). I would be all about a push to nationally ban plastic straws and their production."
He is only one of many who share this sentiment. Hopefully, this is the beginning of a necessary change to our dining habits, in and outside of the home.
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Written by: Allison Pehleman | Creative Director, The Last Straw Co.®
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