It’s been a controversial year regarding plastic straws, from restaurants and campuses choosing to ban it, to backlash from others who believe that plastic straws aren’t exactly the real problem here, especially if the company continues to use other forms of plastics like takeaway containers and lids.
The point is: Does banning plastic straws really make a dent in saving the environment, or is it just a bid for companies to cut cost? Is this one small step indicative of a larger overall movement that will see bigger and bolder environmentally-saving actions in 2019?
Only time will tell. In the meantime, another organisation in Singapore has hopped onto the bandwagon to go straw-less.
Resorts World Sentosa (RWS) has stopped providing plastic straws, part of an initiative to “save our oceans and reduce marine plastic pollution”. RWS said in a statement on October 29 that the move to go straw-less will eliminate more than three million straws a year, which is equivalent to approximately 1,200 kg of plastic.
The establishment’s five themed attractions – including Universal Studios Singapore and S.E.A. Aquarium – and dining establishments – such as celebrity chef restaurants and Malaysian Food Street – have stopped providing plastic straws since October 1 this year.
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RWS added that guests with disabilities or special needs who require straws will be given paper straws upon request. Paper straws are considered more environmentally friendly than plastic straws.
The integrated resort also said that it “supports the national effort towards becoming a Zero Waste Nation” and is looking into reducing other forms of single-use plastics on its premises.
Other major companies in Singapore which have already implemented or are planning to implement straw-free initiatives include: