Why stainless steel straws? Across the United States, communities are taking action as more people become aware that plastic straws are polluting the environment and harming wildlife. Scientists estimate that up to 8.3 billion plastic straws have ended up on the world's coastlines. Also, the Ocean Conservancy's 2018 report on its annual International Coastal Cleanup noted the plastic straws and stirrers were among the top 10 items that volunteers collected. Plastic straws are injuring birds, fish, and turtles as they ingest them in the seas.
In recognition of the problem, major cities like Washington and Seattle have joined the many smaller communities that have banned plastic straws from restaurants and other businesses. Your restaurant doesn't have to wait for a government ban to take action. You can follow the example of restaurants who have voluntarily stopped using plastic straws. However, you may be wondering what you can offer your customers who want straws.
The biggest advantage of stainless steel straws is they represent a reusable solution to single-use plastic straws, which end up in oceans and landfills. Stainless steel straws are also superior to other alternatives to plastic straws. Stainless steel straws don't break like glass straws, which could result in injury to your patrons and staff. Unlike bamboo straws, stainless steel straws can be easily cleaned in the dishwasher. Stainless steel straws add elegance that disposable paper straws can't match. Some restaurants report receiving patron complaints that paper straws become soggy. Switching your restaurant to stainless steel straws can impact your bottom line since you'll stop your standing order for plastic straws. In addition to doing your part for the environment, choosing stainless steel straws can have marketing and public relations benefits. Other restaurants have received free media coverage when they announced plastic straws would no longer be available.
Are you a restaurant looking for a viable reusable straw solution? Contact Sand Straw today!