In an eco-friendly initiative, a ban has been issued on the use of plastic straws across all federal territories (Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya and Labuan). The ban, which commences on January 1st 2019, is aimed at licensed traders and operators of food outlets.
Federal Territories Ministry secretary-general Datuk Seri Adnan Mohd Ikhsan has stated that businesses found to still be using plastic straws risk having their licenses terminated. He states “business owners may also be fined, lose their deposits, have their trading items confiscated or even face imprisonment.”
Although the terms have yet to be established, we can assume it is similar to the penalty for businesses using plastic bags and polystyrene packages. According to Kuala Lumpur City Hall’s (DBKL) planning executive director, Datuk Mohd Najib Mohd, merchants using the aforementioned items can be fined up to RM1,000.
Looking forward, what’s the solution?
As more countries move towards a greener future, many alternatives for plastic-use items are being established. While not currently the most affordable, prices are expected to come down as these items become more available.
For traders, merchants and small restaurants looking for solutions, these items provide an alternative to plastic straws that you can utilize in your businesses!
1. Bamboo Straws
Bamboo straws are an eco-friendly alternative to plastic straws. There’s not much to describe, but one of the major plus sides to using these is that they are reusable and bio-degradable.
Furthermore, certain retailers like Bambu include a cleaning kit together with a set of straws. The Usuk Initiative is a local brand that seeks to provide these straws to restaurants across Malaysia. According to them, cleaning these straws requires you to incorporate a care regiment that looks something liket his:
Daily: Brush the inner tube and rinse with clean tap water after use.
Weekly: Shake in warm soapy water and rinse with clean tap water
Monthly: Soak in boiled vinegar water and rinse with clean tap water.
Typically, bamboo straws costs about RM5 per unit. The lengths may vary, so be sure to know your requirements are before engaging with suppliers.