Business Owners Reference Guide

Suggested Signage

In an effort to protect the health of our ocean, lakes, and surrounding natural environment, we now only provide drinking straws on request. Please let your server know if you require a straw. Thank you for your support.

Alternatively, Surfrider can provide a customized file for a page-sized poster we created that will have your business name mentioned. All you need to do is print it.

Where can I find alternative straws?

Ask your wholesaler, or below are some resources to help you start looking.  Ask to return plastic straws for a credit or ask us for other suggestions, we are working on, of what to do with them. 

Paper – Preferred option, as they are easily recycled, works out to be about .06 cents/straw for 400+ order
Aardvark (US) -gives 50% discount for Surfrider businesses, use promo- RESTAURANTS50
Green Munch (Calgary)
The Burlap Shoe (Zero Waste On-line Store, Victoria)- Will order and deliver to your business, for 35% off the retail price, in about a week.
Zero Waste Emporium (Victoria) Currently on-line store, retail division opening Summer 2018 at 1728 Douglas Street. Inquire online for orders and prompt delivery.

Glass
Enviro Glass Straw, (Cobble Hill) – Offering 5% off for 50 straws, 10% for over 100 straws and 20% for 200 or more straws with either packaging or no packaging

Stainless Steel
The Burlap Shoe  (Victoria) – Will order and deliver, for 35% off the retail price, in about a week.
Onyx (Vancouver)
Zero Waste Emporium (Victoria) Currently on-line store, retail division opening Summer 2018 at 1728 Douglas Street. Inquire online for orders and prompt delivery.

Compostable – NOT recommended as the lower mainland facilities (where most of our compost goes to), do not compost plastic or plastic like materials, as there is no way to tell the difference, they then go to the landfills (re: Recycling Hotline 604-732-9253). Only truly compostable if packaging states a certification symbol and then only suitable mainly in industrial facilities.

Eco-ware (Victoria) – Only recommended if you have a facility that can actually can handle plastic compostables. We are not aware of any at this time.

Biodegradable – NOT recommended as it does not break down efficiently in a landfill, not compostable or certified as safe, for the natural environment, once degraded.

Resources

  1. To search certified compostable products visit – http://bpiworld.org/
  2. Eco-Cycle FAQs – http://ecocycle.org/bestrawfree/faqs#links
  3. The Last Plastic Straw list of alternatives – https://thelastplasticstraw.org/resources/

*Be aware- Straws can come wrapped in plastic covers; and there are some paper straws that have a thin plastic coating. Ask before ordering to ensure you are getting the best environmentally friendly products.

Stats

  • The Long Beach Lodge Resort, in Tofino, has stopped its practice of using 12,000 straws each year.
  • Clean Water Action in Montclair, New Jersey, said that one business, who offers straws on demand only, is using only about a tenth of the straws it typically uses on a monthly basis: 650 straws, down from the usual 6,800.