Many restaurants have been getting involved in various ways such as quitting straws completely, only serving paper/plastic straws on request or only serving reusable stainless steel straws. I think it would be great for restaurants to actually sell these to their straw loving patrons!
Those of us who do occasionally like a straw for certain drinks can purchase our own to carry with us. Simple!
I no longer import stainless steel straws! Because I get SO many enquiries, I decided to collate a list of places (with your help) so you can easily find where to get straws in South Africa. Please drop me a line if you know of any others. Sharing is caring!
Things to bear in mind, paper straws can be better than plastic straws, if they do not have a thin plastic lining. But it is still a single use item. A lot of resources (water, wood, fuel, transport, packaging etc etc) goes into producing an item they will just be used once!
Many of the places listed below offer discounts to restaurants/shops on quantity. Get in touch with them directly for info.
Immortal Straws – stainless steel straws manufactured in South Africa
Whale Coast Conservation – stainless steel straws manufactured in South Africa
Rob Fryer: email@example.com
All profits go to WCC. They also produce cigarette butt & poop bins
Foreva Straws – imported stainless steel straws
Faithful to Nature – imported stainless steel straws
Stream Straws – glass straws manufactured in Cape Town, South Africa
We Care Collective – imported bamboo straws,
Khanyiso Straws – straws from reeds in Mozambique
ReStraws – glass straws in Johannesburg
SipStix South Africa – stainless steel straws
Monkey Straw Co – bamboo straws produced in Cape Town
Paper straws (not a fan – they still single use, but better option)
Cape Cup – imported biodegradable straws
Ecopack – imported biodegradable straws
You can join in:
– Share posters and info on social media.
– Remember to say “No Straw Please”.
– Speak to your local restaurant owners, politely explain why you decline your straw.
– Carry some mini paper cards to easily leave info with restaurant owners/waiters
There is a hashtag for that – use one – use them all! Download any of the images and share them on social media. A few more gathering here on Pinterest.