Bar and restaurant group, The Alchemist, have taken an environmentally conscious step to ditch plastic straws from its venues.
The Alchemist, which has more than 10 restaurants and bars across the UK, will save an estimated 2 million straws from going to landfill this year alone.
Straws are on average used for just 20 minutes and, once disposed of, can spend several hundreds of years in a landfill site. Over the past 25 years disposable straws have routinely been one of the top 10 items found on beaches around the world during the International Coastal clean-up project.
Managing director of the Alchemist, Simon Potts, said: “Most straws are not recyclable, yet many bars and restaurants relentlessly provide these for customers, sometimes even two at a time. We want to educate and engage with our customers about the environmental impact of ditching straws, and I’m sure our customers will welcome it with open arms.
“Straws are still available upon request; however they will not be served as standard and this little change is going to save The Alchemist an estimated two million straws per year.
“We are absolutely focused on decreasing our environmental impact wherever possible, which is why initiatives such as ‘war on straws’ are so important to us as we evolve as a brand. And we hope other operators follow in our footsteps.”
Earlier this year The Alchemist was listed in the Sunday Times Top 100 Best Companies to Work For. The Alchemist regularly works with their staff on training and engagement to ensure its impact inside and outside the bar is good for the community.
Through various schemes including the Currency of Kindness programme employees from each of The Alchemist’s venues free up 300 hours to do volunteering work to benefit the community.
The Alchemist have partner charities in all of its locations across the UK and supports causes from youth projects to helping the homeless. The initiative is simple and is all about sharing skills, experience and, most importantly, giving something more precious than gold – time.
More and more restaurants and bars are taking the initiative to be more mindful of waste. Earlier this year Oakman Inns and the Liberation Group also chose to go strawless throughout their venues across the UK.
Rosa Medea is Life & Soul Magazine’s Chief. She is a writer who specialises in sustainable lifestyle and living, wellbeing, and entertainments. Rosa also works as a psychic, counsellor, intuitive reader and spiritual life coach helping people to become who they truly are and manifest their heart & soul’s desires into their lives: www.rosalindmedea.com