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Beijing, Hong Kong And Other Places Ttry Not To Provide Straws Part 1
- Jan 16, 2019 -

  Going through the fast food restaurant after work, buying a Coke to add a little sweet to the busy life, we seem to take it for granted. You won't even notice the little straw that you have in your mouth. However, the degradation of plastic straws can take hundreds of years or even hundreds of years, which will bring a small burden to the natural environment.


Recently, some restaurants in Beijing and Hong Kong have begun to try not to provide straws to customers, guiding customers to start small and reducing the use of disposable plastic products.


At the beginning of the new year, Hong Kong's large fast food chain group has stopped distributing plastic drinking tubes at 164 stores and encouraged customers to bring their own tableware. “A lot of customers who come to the store to see the ‘no drink on the day’ promotion poster will take the initiative to ask for a “drinking tube” (Cantonese, meaning not to drink).” Zhang Rong, the branch manager of Lotte.


Since November last year, McDonald's began piloting “sippy-free cup lids” at 10 restaurants in Beijing and not actively providing straws to encourage consumers to reduce the use of plastic straws.


At present, reducing the use of straws has gradually become a consensus and has attracted more and more people to participate.


The restaurant does not actively provide straws, and advocates consumers to try not to use them.


"The thin and tall one is Xie Bo. He often comes to help the business, and he brings his own tableware." Zhang Rong told reporters that in recent years, from Friday to "no drinking tube day" to add "drinking tube" "Options to the mobile phone ordering process, everyone has tried several times to "walk the plastic" initiative.


In November last year, another Hong Kong restaurant giant, the Joy Group, stopped supplying plastic straws at all branches in Hong Kong. "Happy New Year! Please take a drink in the restaurant, thank you for your support!" When the reporter saw Li Yuxia, the cashier at the West Fortune West Branch of Hong Kong Island, she was reminding customers who came to buy drinks to pay attention to Plastic.


"The vast majority of customers are very understanding, and some will praise us for being environmentally conscious and doing well." Li Yuxia said. During the lunch time of nearly two hours, the reporter found that the whole store had a customer, and basically chose not to suck.


In Hong Kong, the Hong Kong Ocean Park Conservation Fund launched the “No Drinking Tube Campaign” last June, which was supported by more than 20 large-scale chain catering companies and involved hundreds of fast food restaurants. “More and more institutions and companies are willing to respond to us, this is a great motivation,” said Chen Qing, chairman of the Conservation Fund. “We launched the 'No Drinking Companion', 'No Drinking No. 8' and 'No Drinking Tube Friday'. 'The plan calls for participating institutions to stop providing active drinking pipes to customers throughout the year, on the 8th of each month or every Friday."


"Drinking a drink with a straw and eating a noodle should be accompanied by a fork. This is a long-term consumption habit. If the business does not provide it, it may also make some consumers dissatisfied." Yu Xuerong, executive director of the Jiangsu Food and Beverage Industry Association, said frankly Actively and reasonably guide the consumption habits, and actively cultivate and promote the environmental protection concept of consumer catering, such as promoting drinking without drinking straw, or innovating beverage packaging for direct drinking.


“Businesses can participate in environmental protection, of course, it is more effective than government guidance alone, but this process also requires consumer participation. Consumers should not over-consume, can not use it when not in use, can use their own tableware, disinfection Tableware and other means to reduce the use of plastic products." Yang Zhongyi, a professor at the School of Life Sciences at Sun Yat-Sen University, believes.


The plastic pipette used only a few minutes, the natural degradation process takes hundreds of years.