Morgan Crossing White Spot manager Guy Dorchester says straws are now by-request only chain-wide, and he’s hoping a drive to eliminate the plastic utensils will catch on. (Tracy Holmes photo)

White Spot aiming for the last straw

Restaurant chain moves to straws-by-request policy

A gesture to all-but-eliminate drinking straws from beverages being served at White Spot restaurants may seem small when it comes to taking steps for the environment, but Guy Dorchester says potential for it to make a significant impact is huge.

Dorchester, who oversees the chain’s two South Surrey locations, as well as sites in Langley, Abbotsford and Squamish, said the effort – launched company-wide a month ago – means four million straws will not end up in the environment.

“Everybody seems to be pretty much on-board,” Dorchester told Peace Arch News of customers’ reaction. “When everybody understands why we’re doing it, it’s hard not to get behind.”

Tackling the reduction or elimination of such single-use items is a focus for Metro Vancouver, where an effort to come up with a regional single-use-item reduction strategy is underway, with a particular focus on Styrofoam, plastic bags and disposable cups.

Wednesday, the City of Vancouver voted to ban plastic straws – and some other single-use disposables – effective June 2019.

Dorchester said straws will continue to be provided at White Spot on request. As well, they have not not – yet – been removed from the establishment’s thicker drinks such as milkshakes, nor from the drinks that are part of the popular children’s Pirate Pak.

Paper straws as an alternative are being sourced, he added.

Dorchester said removing straws wasn’t the chain’s first environmentally conscious step – all seafood served at the restaurant, with the exception of calamari, is oceanwise, and all of the restaurant’s take-out packaging is now compostable.

He described making the move away from plastic – or any other step to do better for the environment, whether in business or at home – as “not that difficult.”

“It’s changing habits,” he said. “In 10 years, we won’t think anything of it.”

Going strawless isn’t a challenge Dorchester has officially made to other establishments operating on the Semiahmoo Peninsula, but he is hopeful White Spot’s efforts will inspire.

“We would hope by taking this step, others will follow suit.”

 

Just Posted

Recruiting physicians to practice in Chilliwack is an uphill battle

Shortage of doctors is critical right across Canada, and not just Chilliwack

Chilliwack prolific offender a no-show for sentencing hearing

Warrant issued on May 17 for Jeffrey Michael Kizmann wanted for robbery

More than 100 military troops stationed in Chilliwack on flood watch

As water recedes in the Interior, military departs with a contingent to stay behind in Fraser region

De Jaeger throws his hat in the ring for Chilliwack city council

Longtime owner of Bravo Restaurant also ran in the 2015 federal election for Chilliwack-Hope

Column: Chilliwack’s RBC Cup win a dream come true

Jacob Bestebroer spent hours wondering what a championship might feel like, and finally found out.

Vancouver Island girl scores with winning song for BC Summer Games

‘Colours’ is a perfect theme for 2018 BC Summer Games

Drivers could pay $8 per day to help cut gridlock under new plan

Mobility pricing report outlines two existing models to cut Metro Vancouver congestion by 20-25%

B.C. pipeline goes ahead despite scrapped Pacific Northwest LNG

NEB approves amendment for $1.4-billion natural gas North Montney Mainline Project

Update: Wildfire northwest of Kamloops jumps from 60 to 800 hectares

Ground crews and aircraft are responding to an estimated 50 hectare wildfire approximately 55 kilometers northwest of Kamloops, near the Deadman Vidette Road.

Feds limit chinook fishery to help killer whale recovery

Chinook is main food source for only 76 southern residents killer whales left

B.C. mom who died just before daughter’s wedding wanted family to be happy: twin

Ann Wittenberg was pulled into the ocean while on a surf board in Tofino last weekend

Courtenay-Alberni MP calls for lifeguards at popular surf spot near Tofino

The Pacific Rim National Park Reserve is defending its decision to cancel the surf guard program.

Harvey Weinstein to surrender in sex misconduct probe: officials

Would be first criminal charge against Weinstein since scores of women came forward

Fuel truck crash closes B.C. highway, sends two to hospital

The Trans-Canada Highway on Vancouver Island is expected to be closed until Thursday evening

Most Read