Welcome to what we hope to be the first in a series going out to you guys if we can remember to finish on time...
We're here to talk to you about the "new cool kid on the block" that is sustainability and responsible bartending.
Research has shown that the hospitality industry is one of most wasteful and least environmentally and socially conscious sectors across the globe (next to oil and textiles.) Of course we are not blaming you guys we are all after all just doing our job, however our aim here is to help you to help your customers understand and make better decisions with small changes (and hopefully save you guys a few quid too in the long run!)
As you may or may not have seen or heard, we at Smultronstalle have been pretty vocal about our dislike (hate) towards plastic straws and their complete uselessness and after starting our #PlasticSucks campaign, have been overwhelmed by the response so massive thank you and congratulations to everyone whose come on board with that!!
If you're still unsure here's a few small steps you could implement in your workplace that have worked for others:
1. Remove the bar caddy from the bar top. Still stops the muscle memory of automatically adding two straws to every drink you serve
2. Only give out straws when requested by guests (or with crushed ice drinks)
3. Replace plastics with more environmentally friendly alternatives
Costing alternatives into the price of the drink is possible (contact us for information about this) but Paper, Bamboo, Pasta, Glass, Dishwasher safe reusable plastics are just some of the possibilities.
Using these 3 simple steps we have encouraged over 16 bars in and around the city to go plastic free! Recently we have been informed that one of them has taken their usage from between 2000-2500 straws PER WEEK down to less than 100 (average 78 per week actually)
For those of you who are stillstood there thinking what's the big deal? It's just a lIttle bit of plastic...What difference does that really make? Here is a couple of things for you to think about:
Originally designed to help reduce the spread of polio, Plastic straws have recently been described as the ultimate in human wastefulness with the average life span of 20 minutes about the same as that toy in your Christmas cracker. Straws have now become the biggest contributing factor about 60-80% of all plastics pulled out of the ocean daily, with America alone disposing of enough plastic straws DAILY to out weigh 1000 cars. If that hasn't got you thinking the average Mini Cooper weighs in at 2535 pounds. That's just one.
Straws can not be recycled. That means that every single straw you have ever given out, every single straw you have ever used and every single straw that has ever been produced STILL exists on our planet and will outlive you, your great grandkids and their great grandkids.
Because frankly no one wants to or has time to sort through the bins during service to find something that has been in a strangers mouth meaning that most councils will refuse to recycle ANYTHING from ANY commercial business as a result.
Trying to break down plastic straws produces harmful toxins meaning we breath it in. In order to combat this plastics are taken to land fill or end up in our oceans where marine life eat them. Fish and chips anyone?
By 2020 there will be more plastics in our ocean than fish. Definitely NOT one for the instagram.
For all of you left saying "oh but paper straws are soo uncool" "what if blah blah excuse" you don't have to listen to us but why don't you #StopSucking (no seriously it's a thing) and see what the rest of the world has to say.
However this is just the tip of the iceberg it's the small changes that you make today which could have a large impact on tomorrow and future generations to follow.
Remember. Plastic is for life; Not just for your drink.