A year and a half ago, we started our journey here at ʻAi Love Nalo. We opened our doors with great hope in making a positive impact on our customers, community, and earth. Aside from providing healthy plant-based nutritional food, we have also incorporated sustainability practices in our business operations. For example, we have dual flush toilets in our bathrooms, which help us to save 3-5 gallons of water per flush; installed LED lights to save energy; we use compostable to-go containers and plates; use eco-friendly cleaning products; have furniture, tables, and walls made from reused wood and materials; use power washers in our dish room, which saves hundreds of gallons of water per month and we compost our food scraps, which reduces our waste. As we grow, we will continue to make decisions that align with our sustainability mission and model. Thus, after much research, and learning from our friends at Sustainable Coastlines, our newest decision is to eliminate the purchase of straws. Although we tried to go the eco-friendly route by buying corn polymer-based straws, we discovered that they are actually quite flimsy and crack very easily. We often have to give out 3 to 4 straws per person due to the ineffectiveness of its material and design. So, we simply decided to get rid of them.
In order to understand what caused us to make this decision, we would like to share with you the 4 main reasons why we are no longer providing straws here at ʻAi Love Nalo:
We know that you are probably used to using straws. So, we would like to offer you an opportunity to buy a stainless steel straw that you can use over and over again – just ask our staff about them! Or, if you don’t want to buy a straw, simply drink from your cup! It’s that easy, and you will make a HUGE difference in helping us to sustain Hawai’i and making our world a healthier happier place.