LTA: 90% of businesses may support proposal to stop using plastic straws
90% of businesses selling plastic straws may participate in a special campaign Bez salmiņa [No straw] organized by Latvian Traders Association and waste management company Zaļā josta, sats KTA president Henriks Danusēvičs.
According to him, the initiative was launched 5 September and is expected to gather 90% of traders that sell products that use plastic straws.
He reminds that 1,000 catering companies, restaurants, school cafeterias and small cafes are part of LTA, and it is planned to involve them in this initiative. «We cannot force anyone [to take part], but we do unite socially responsible companies, and we hope they will join us in this initiative,» said Danusēvičs.
LTA president reminds that the European Union has commenced a fight against single-use plastic accessories to help protect the ocean and its inhabitants from plastic items. Although this directive will come to force in 2020, society and businesses may start realizing changes sooner.
The first step towards cleaning up the environment would be stopping the use of cocktail straws. During the event, businesses will be given stickers urging to stop using plastic straws at cafes, bars, restaurants and stores.
According to Danusēvičs, exclusion of plastic straws from trade in the future may be a step towards exacting ecological changes, which could be followed up by refusal to use unnecessary plastic bags, large packages, plastic cups, etc.
Zaļā josta marketing manager Laima Kubliņa says plastic is light and floats in water. There are entire floating plastic islands in the oceans, which is a global problem. Inhabitants of the ocean suffer the most from this. Refusal to use unnecessary plastic items in the future will become all the more topical in the future. To accomplish this, it is necessary to change people’s mind in favour of a green lifestyle. He says the less consumers use plastic straws, the more the demand for them will reduce. Plastic straws are not collected in Latvia for recycling because they are not appropriate for recycling – they often have food particles in them. Because of that, they are either burned or buried at a landfill.
Moltto restaurant co-owner Dainis Domiņš says that over the course of his career he has tested different kinds of straws. He concluded that paper straws have a large advantage. Because of that, the restaurant has adopted paper straws.
Although there is a relatively large difference between the price of paper and plastic straws, because there aren’t many producers, if demand for paper straws increases in the future, the number of suppliers will increase as well. This will also help reduce the price difference of paper and plastic straws.