At Isla Hayahay Beach Resort & Restaurant we decided that we polluted the environment enough and we are slowly implementing some great changes! The latest change is banning plastic straws from the resort and start using Bamboo Straws only, in our Bar and our Restaurant
What we started to do already some time ago is refuse plastic bags at the supermarkets and ask for carton boxes instead, together with bringing some reusable shopping bags. In the future we might change this into using plastic, reusable crates (for our colleagues: Citi Hardware sells them!).
We use straws for around twenty minutes before we throw them away, which is an extremely quick lifespan for an item that will be on our planet forever. Straws can’t be recycled.
It can be hard to see how using one tiny plastic straw is going to cause huge amounts of damage to the environment, but let us put in to context for you. Recently a team of scientists came across an endangered species of sea turtle with, what they thought, was a parasitic worm blocking its airway. They realized it was actually a plastic straw. Hours from veterinary help, the scientists successfully dislodged the straw themselves and released the turtle back into the ocean. The team filmed their efforts, and you can watch the grim ordeal below.
The simplest way you can ban straws from your life is to just stop using them at home. It’s as easy as that.
When you’re out and about, things can get a little trickier. When going out for drinks, always ask the bartender to hold the straw. You might be met with a quizzical expression, but this is a great way to strike up a conversation with someone who might not be aware of the impact plastic straws have on the environment.
Cafes and restaurants are becomingly increasingly conscious of environmental issues, so creating a dialogue with your local barista or barman around the problem of single-use plastic is the first step towards initiating change.