Jan 25, 2018
Pesto Restaurants has stopped automatically putting plastic straws in drinks, to help put an end to the ‘wasteful’ practice.
The restaurant will only serve straws upon request in a bid to help reduce the number of plastic straws entering landfill or making their way into the world’s oceans each year.
The announcement comes as a wider campaign known as One Less Straw gathers pace. It aims to reduce the use of plastic straws which are thought to take up to 500 years to decompose.
Owner, Sara Gatt, said: ‘I’m passionate about the environment and I am hopeful, that by ceasing to automatically offer plastic straws, we can do our small part in helping to future-proof our oceans and environment. It’s a simple gesture that could make a huge difference, and I hope that fellow restaurants will follow in our footsteps.”
The Plastic Pollution Coalition which backs the campaign says more than 500 million single-use plastic straws are used each day in the US alone.