Mother India Decides to Go Green; Eliminates Plastic Straws

While it takes 200 years for the plastic straws to decompose, paper straws get decomposed maximum in six months and do not pose any environmental threat to oceans, marine animals, landfills and animals.

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MOTHER INDIA, a fine dining restaurant situated in Connaught Place, Delhi has replaced plastic straws with the paper straws. The restaurant has also stopped supplying plastic straws in the orders for deliveries. For those who insist on using a straw, however, they offer paper straws sourced by a local supplier.

The restaurant is going green to bring in a small change by #refusetheplasticstraw and aims to spread awareness about the effects of plastic straws.

“We are happy and proud to take this pledge #refusetheplasticstraw at our restaurant. By taking this initiative, it’s our small contribution towards a greener world. A plastic straw damages not only your health but our environment as well as it takes years to destroy those straws. Plastic straws are particularly dangerous because they are too small to be recycled. Instead of these, using and giving paper straw that is easy to recycle”, says Nandini Nneeraj, owner, Mother India.

The straws are made of papers that are 100 percent biodegradable and compostable. While it takes 200 years for the plastic straws to decompose, paper straws get decomposed maximum in six months and do not pose any environmental threat to oceans, marine animals, landfills and animals. These have a good life and sustain its shape for more than three hours.

In Kerala 3.3 million plastic straws are used every day. It is 500 million daily in the U.S. So billions of these straws, by implication, are thrown away around the planet. The initiative against the plastic straw had started a little earlier, but it was about two years ago that the campaign took off really well in India including in mainly metro cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore etc.


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