A&W says it will provide guests with the option of a 100-per-cent biodegradable paper straw instead. The company says the paper straws, which last two to three hours in a drink and biodegrade in three to six months, are compostable and sustainably sourced.
The company, which made the announcement at the Vancouver Aquarium to mark World Ocean Day, says it’s the first fast-food chain in North America to make the commitment.
The firm, Canada’s second-largest burger chain behind McDonald’s with 925 restaurants across the country, says the switch will keep 82 million plastic straws out of landfills every year.
While A&W may be the first fast-food chain to ban straws, others are going to have to follow suit, at least at their Vancouver locations.
Vancouver city council moved last month to ban plastic straws, foam cups and takeout containers by June 1, 2019, becoming the first municipality in Canada to ban single-use disposable items.
SOURCE – Vancouver Sun
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