IN a bid to reduce plastic waste, some eateries have stopped serving single-use plastic straws with their drinks. As an alternative, the Mockingbird Café in Kuala Lumpur serves their cold drinks with reusable stainless steel straws.
“Stainless steel straws not only look trendy but it is also a good start to being a bit greener. We have to start somewhere,” says the cafe owner, Elaine Lamb.
Lamb says that her customers would sometimes ask why she uses metal straws.
“These metal straws are a great conversation starter and it is a good way to raise awareness and educate the public on the bad effects of plastic and plastic straws,” she adds.
Lamb says that she aims for Mockingbird Cafe to be plastic-free. It will soon stop giving away plastic cutlery for takeaways.