The Conservatory Bans Plastic Straws

Popular restaurant, The Conservatory in Sai Kung square has recently made the switch from plastic to paper straws.

Owners Kim and Rob Cooper said the switch was influenced by friend and industry colleague, Garry Stokes of Sea Shepherd HK who leads a plastic free initiative as well as the couple’s 9 year old son Jack.

“After watching ‘The Plastic Whale’ at Nord Anglia International School he asked why we used single-use plastics straws in our (his) restaurants”. Rob adds “as ex-scuba divers, we should have known better, it took a young lad to open our eyes to the scale of this global problem we were contributing too”.

To celebrate, Jack has invented the ‘BanStraws’ milkshake, a banana and strawberry milkshake which will be added to the Kid’s menu at The Conservatory.

Sai Kung resident, Lisa Odell who founded Plastic Free HK last year adds “every single restaurant that joins in this movement is a massive success”. She hopes to persuade every restaurant in Sai Kung to switch over to paper straws within the next year.

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