Metal straws vs Glass straws. If your restaurant is keeping up with current trends, then you probably know that plastic straws are moving to the wayside in favor of more eco-friendly options. Not all trends need to be followed by everyone, but this is a trend that is worth getting on board with.
Why You Shouldn't Use Plastic Straws
Plastic straws have served restaurants well in the past. They're cheap, easy to use, and disposable. But plastic is increasingly becoming a problem for the environment, causing issues for animals both on land and in the ocean and littering our streets with non-biodegradable trash. In fact, plastic straws made the top 10 list of items littering beaches across the US. These one-and-done straws hurt our environment, and we can do better. With the growing international movement to ban single-use plastic straws, it's time that restaurants looked at alternatives.
Alternative One: Glass Straws
One option to replace those plastic straws is glass straws. Glass straws are great for restaurants that may cater to a fancier crowd. They make for a great addition to food photography because they are aesthetically pleasing. And even though they're glass, most of these straws are actually made from the same materials as Pyrex products, which make them shatter and break resistant and able to be used in both hot and cold temperatures. They're not at risk for causing you to get sick either, because the material is non-porous and won't hold onto bacteria. Worried about diners with sensitivities? They're also hypoallergenic, so they're perfect for customers with sensitivities.
Alternative Two: Metal Straws
For restaurants that don't want to even consider the chance that a glass straw could break (like those that serve kids), metal or stainless steel straws are the way to go. It's easy to make these straws part of your permanent tableware. They match well with silverware and can easily be presented in the silverware napkin to the diner because of their slim profile and similar look. Stainless steel straws are exceptionally easy to clean, and you can pop them in the dishwasher with your other silverware. And they're rust-proof too, making them very durable and long-lasting.
Which is Right for Your Restaurant?
Ultimately, the type of straw you choose to go with comes down to what works best for your restaurant. Consider the kind of crowd you serve. Think about the design of your restaurant - does it have a lot of glass accents or metal features? Both glass and metal straws have benefits and very few if any at all, downsides. The important thing is that you are making a move to help the environment, a step your customers are sure to recognize and appreciate.
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