Why Everyone is Saying Goodbye to Plastic Straws & What it Means for Events

Unless you’ve been vacationing under a rock in the middle of the desert, you’ve likely heard about the plastic straw ban sweeping through the nation. First, it hit individual restaurants, and then entire cities began instituting prohibitions against the environmentally-destructive sipping tools, which all too often make their way into the sea. From turtles to fish to lobsters, too many sea creatures get hurt by discarded straws. However, these tubes seem essential to our beverage enjoyment, particularly at parties. How will their absence affect events, celebrations, catering gigs, and similar events?


Embracing Eco-Friendly Alternatives

Plastic straws are no good for the environment. They’re highly likely to get tossed aside as litter. In addition to harming unaware sea creatures, plastic straws can also do damage to forest critters, including squirrels, woodchucks, and deer.

As a result, plenty of restaurants, caterers, and party shops are offering attractive, eye-catching paper straws. They’re typically only suitable for one use, but they’re both biodegradable and recyclable. Considering that most folks throw away their plastic straws after one use, as well, paper is a safer alternative.

Today, smart event planners consider their tableware beforehand. They know that there’s a plethora of green options available, ranging from paper straws to bamboo plates. There’s no need to rely on plastic.


Veering Toward Earth-Friendly Event Decor

Savvy party planners are aware of all their eco-friendly choices, in fact. Not only can you serve food and drinks using biodegradable items, but you can also decorate with an eye toward reusable decor. Use wood or metal decorations you can also use at home or send as fun party favors. Create centerpieces out of natural objects, such as potted plants, driftwood, or even fruit. Going green ignites your imagination and creativity, making it easy to put together sustainable table settings.


Getting It Locally Sourced

With the rising popularity of paper straws, bamboo plates, and natural tablescapes, food is in the spotlight, as well. Transporting meats, vegetables, and beverages is expensive. It also produces a large carbon footprint. To cut down on emissions, caterers, restaurants, and event planners are more interested in sourcing their food from local farmers, growers, and ranchers. It’s also helpful to focus on seasonal fare and avoid planning a menu with out-of-season ingredients. This also ensures the food is super fresh!


Waste Not, Want Not

Turning away from plastic straws eliminates waste, a trend that’s continuing throughout the event planning industry. “Waste not, want not” is the new mantra. Using sustainable decor and recyclable tableware helps to cut down on waste. However, you can also look into donating leftover foods and drinks. Why let all of that get thrown out at the end of the party? Look into passing on the leftovers to local shelters and other places that feed people in need.

You might not think that something as small as a straw can do that much damage, but plastic harms the Earth and the creatures who call it home. Do you think you might opt for paper straws at your next event? How else can you embrace an eco-friendly aesthetic without giving up style or panache?



Author Bio: Constante Quirino is a freelance writer and content strategist who has worked with a number of emerging companies as well as up-and-coming designers. A passionate yogi for several years, he is an advocate for healthy, balanced lifestyles.