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Reykjavík Restaurants Cut Out Plastic Straws

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Reykjavík Restaurants Cut Out Plastic Straws

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Restaurants and bars Prikið, Húrra, and Bravó, announced over the weekend they would stop offering customers plastic straws, Vísir reports. Operators estimate that around 20,000 plastic straws were ending up in the garbage every month at the three venues.

“It we just take Prikið, that’s around 1,500-2,000 straws saved per week,” says Geoffrey Þór Huntington-Williams, who manages Prikið and oversees operations at the other two venues. “And if we take Bravó and Húrra as well, then that’s a huge amount of straws per month.”

Geoffrey says the staff at Prikið are always looking for ways to reduce waste. “We are always trying to take steps in the right direction and this is a very natural development,” he remarked.

The response from customers has so far been positive. “This is something that people want,” Geoffrey stated. He adds, however, that the venues will still offer straws to those who require them—though they will be made of paper. “Of course there will be some straws available for people who absolutely need them, for example young children or people who have difficulties drinking from a glass, then we will offer a paper straw instead. And people have told us about reusable metal straws and we’re considering that as well. Be we are definitely getting rid of plastic.”

Geoffrey adds the choice is one example of “little decisions that can make a big difference.”

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