It is no secret that plastic straws are the bane of the environment, ranking right up there among the top 10 marine debris items, alongside cigarette butts and plastic bags. Already, scientists have predicted that by 2050, there will be more plastic than fish in the ocean — not a situation we would want, in any case.
One of the easiest ways to help reduce this menace would be to stop ourselves from using single-use plastics, chief of which would be plastic bags and the ubiquitous plastic straws. If you are not disciplined enough to tote along your own reusable or recyclable straws, make it a point to inform your waiter beforehand to ensure your drink comes straw-less or, better yet, frequent establishments that care to provide metal or recyclable paper straws for your use.
Here, our in-house green police have done a round-up of local establishments that have upped their green game. The planet thanks you.
Bistro à Table
6, Jalan 17/54, Seksyen 17, PJ.
Metal straws, and engraved ones, might we add, are provided for your use at this chic and charming French bistro in the heart of Petaling Jaya.
Eatomo Food Co
21, Jalan Telawi 2, Bangsar Baru, KL.
Besides trendy poke bowls and light and healthy cuisine, Eatomo in Bangsar’s Telawi-ville sports bright, striped paper straws.
The Ganga Café
19, Lorong Kurau, Taman Bukit Pantai, KL.
Who doesn’t love this holistic, no-frills café in Bangsar? One more reason to love them, besides their divine puris and thali meals, is the fact that there is not a plastic straw, only metal, in sight.
The Beach Grill Pool & Bar
The Ritz-Carlton, Langkawi at Jalan Pantai Kok, Teluk Nibong, Kedah.
The Ritz-Carlton, one of Langkawi’s newer and more sophisticated retreats, offers luxury combined with eco-consciousness. Sip from paper straws as you tuck into five-star poolside fare such as Andaman crab cakes and wagyu burgers.
If you have holed yourself up at Ambong Pool Villas in Langkawi, just know that the bijou resort uses only metal straws at its beautiful Rimba Restaurant.
Ambong Pool Villas, Jalan Teluk Baru, Langkawi.
This article first appeared on Sept 10 in The Edge Malaysia.