Sunday, 20 August 2017

Glasgow Gets Behind 'No Straw' With 100% Plastic Reduction

The Last Straw – 100% Plastic Reduction in Halloumi After They Back No Straws For Summer

Glasgow’s much-loved Greek restaurant, Halloumi, has cut down their plastic consumption by 100% in the last two months after banning plastic straws since June in their busy restaurant.

Inspired to cut down their plastic pollution to do their bit for the environment, the restaurant stopped putting straws in customer drinks and has eliminated plastic straws completely from their restaurant and bar. Instead, they offer bright paper straws in Greek colours – Santorini blue and white, as a funky alternative for any customers wanting to sip their drinks through a straw.

Located on Hope Street in the city centre, the bustling restaurant, which specialises in Modern Greek fare is encouraging other restaurants and bars to follow suit. They have also cut down their overall straw use by 90% (10% of customers request continue to use a paper straw) since the restaurant went plastic free.

Speaking of the plastic ban, Lapreet Atwall, general manager of Halloumi said:

“We are proud to be a plastic-free bar and the response we’ve have had from our customers has been really positive. I think it's habit that you feel the need for a straw in your drink. You don’t ask for a straw, your bartender decides for you. We now only serve straws upon request and even the uptake on that has been very low – around 10% or less, which has led to our overall straw reduction sitting around 90%.

“If the Scottish hospitality industry could collectively back the campaign, we could really see a massive plastic reduction across the country. I’d really encourage any other business thinking about saying no to plastic to implement it in their restaurant or bar. Invest in some cool straws for those diners who’d still like a straw, it’s really worth it for the plastic reduction.”

Toni Carbajosa, co-owner of Halloumi continues: “It's our duty of care as a business to try and reduce waste as much as possible. By making a small change in our daily business practice we’ve really eliminated the need for plastic straws and our customers have backed our pledge.”
Halloumi is an independent restaurant owned and operated by The Rotunda Group in the heart of Glasgow. Co-owned and operated by Kevin Campbell and Toni Carbajosa.

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Open seven days from 12 noon until 11pm, Halloumi is situated at 161 Hope St, Glasgow, G2 2QU, and serves sun-drenched dishes from lunch right through to supper.

Bookings can be made on 0141 204 1616, or alternatively online at



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