Updated: Nov 9, 2018
Cafes and restaurants without plastic straws
If you're wondering why Singapore has been burning like a hot cauldron lately, well, it's climate change, people. Your Geography textbook probably taught you a thing or two about the global phenomenon that is plastic pollution and its resultant impact: rising temperatures. And we Singaporeans who live right along the equator are forced to bear the full brunt of the scorching heat. Jialat.
Well, it's not too late for us to prevent further damage in whatever ways we can, so we don't end up as a pile of ashes in a few decades. These 14 cafes and restaurants are actively doing their part to reduce plastic waste in Singapore by going straw-free. Baby steps!
1. Foreword Coffee - paper straws given upon request, 10% off drinks with own cup
Foreword Coffee has been forward indeed with their environmentally friendly stance - they serve their drinks straw-free, but they do make exceptions for customers who specifically request for paper straws.
They also offer a 10% discount for customers who bring their own takeaway cups, and if you're thinking of becoming a reusable straw convert, the cafe also sells metal straws in Stainless Steel ($6) and Rose Gold ($8) online and in stores.
Civil Service College @ Buona Vista Address: 31 North Buona Vista Road, Singapore 275983 Opening Hours: Mon-Fri: 8AM-4PM | Closed on weekends and PH
Ng Teng Fong Centre for Healthcare Innovation (CHI) Address: 11 Jalan Tan Tock Seng, #04-01, Singapore 308433 Opening Hours: Mon-Fri: 7.30PM-5.30PM | Sat & PH: 8AM-2PM | Closed on Sun Website
2. IKEA - glass cups sans straws used, halt of straw sales by 2020
IKEA has always had eco-friendly roots - so we're hardly surprised to find out that their cafeterias in both their Tampines and Alexandra outlets have been straw-free since they first opened. In fact, patrons use glass cups to for their free-flow drinks ($1.50) at the self-service counter.
They've also announced that they're halting sales of single use plastic straws, freezer bags and containers by the beginning of 2020, and they've recently replaced their classic vanilla soft serve with Soy Ice Cream ($0.70) - 100% plant-based, dairy- and gluten-free.
IKEA Tampines Address: 60 Tampines North Drive 2, Singapore 528764 Opening Hours: Sun-Thur: 10AM-10PM | Fri-Sat: 10AM-11PM Telephone: 6786 6868
IKEA Alexandra Address: 317 Alexandra Road, 159965 Opening Hours: Sun-Thur: 10AM-10PM | Fri-Sat: 10AM-11PM Telephone: 6786 6868 Website
3. Baker & Cook - corn straws used, get 50c off takeaway drinks with own cup
Baker & Cook is a bakery chain that has been taking the eco-friendly approach by serving their beverages straw-free. They do still hand out biodegradable straws made from corn if requested.
This is only one of a few eco-friendly initiatives that they've got to encourage their patrons to make sustainable consumer decisions. They'll give you 50 cents off any drink if you bring your own takeaway cups, and they've put up reusable, hand-blown glass coffee cups for sale at $28 for 8oz and $30 for 12oz.
4. Nylon Coffee Roasters - coffee served with metal straws
Nylon Coffee Roasters made it their mission to help save the environment one cup of coffee at a time. Apart from already having fair trade practices in place, as well as vocal support for sustainability, they've since made a decision to go greener by stopping the usage of plastic straws.
They experimented with various alternatives, taking into consideration the feedback and experience of customers, before settling on serving their coffee with metal straws - cause it doesn't compromise the taste of the drinks.
Nylon Coffee Roasters Address: 4 Everton Park #01-40, Singapore 080004 Opening Hours: Mon-Fri: 8.30AM to 5.30PM | Sat-Sun: 9AM to 6PM | Closed on Tues Telephone: 6220 2330 Website
5. Wild Honey - glass cups with biodegradable paper straws
Wild Honey is an all-day breakfast paradise. They serve an assortment of savoury and sweet dishes, from Norwegian Smoked Salmon with Hollandaise Sauce ($28), to classic Canadian Buttermilk Pancakes ($20) with bacon and Canadian maple syrup.