Plastic litter the last straw
IT was the last straw for Fremantle bar owner Greg Leaver when he noticed hundreds of single use plastic straws dumped in the bin each night.
Mr Leaver has banned the use of plastic straws at inner Fremantle bar Strange Company, labelling them a “useless” item.
“I live on the coast in North Fremantle so each day I walk on the beach and pick up plastic when I see it and a lot of that is straws; we have to do our part and cut down that waste in some way,” he said.
“When you think about it, straws don’t serve much purpose, you don’t really need them; you don’t usually drink at home with a straw so why do you need to drink your gin and tonic with a straw?
“They are used once for about a minute and then thrown out.”
Mr Leaver said he had ordered a 100 per cent biodegradable, compostable straws made from dextrose, a vegetable starch turned into sugar.
“Yes, they are about four times more expensive than plastic straws but we will use a lot less of them because we’re not going to put them on the bar and will only give them to customers if they ask for one,” he said. “We’d rather use straws that are not harmful.”
Strange Company owner Greg Leaver has dumped plastic straws for good at his bar.