July 9, 2018 4:10 pm
Updated: July 9, 2018 5:31 pm

Kirkland resto-bar bans plastic drinking straws

WATCH: Plastic straws will no longer be available at a sports bar in Kirkland. As Global's Felicia Parrillo reports, the decision comes after a growing number of cities and establishments across North America joined the environmentally friendly movement.

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For the sports bar inside Le Club Dome in Kirkland, straws have always been a necessity.

“A box of straws has about 500 straws in it and we were going through a box or two — like on a busy weekend on a Friday night — we’re going through an entire box,” said Chris Domsodi, the Dome’s sales and marketing representative.

“It’s just astronomical.”


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When they realized just how many they were using and the effects plastic straws have on the environment, they knew they had to make a change.

So on July 1, the dome became straw-free.

“We wanted to say maybe we start this movement and slowly the other West Island bars and restaurants can slowly adopt this and then soon enough, it will be a Montreal-wide thing,” said Domsodi.

READ MORE: City of Vancouver votes to ban single-use plastic straws and styrofoam cups

The Kirkland establishment has joined the growing movement to eliminate the use of plastic drinking straws.

Last week, the St-Hubert restaurant chain announced they would be ditching straws. Starbucks also said this week it will eliminate straws by 2020.

Cities like Vancouver and Seattle have recently adopted city-wide bans.

READ MORE: Starbucks to ditch plastic straws globally by 2020

“I think it’s a great initiative because it can have a snowball effect and maybe it can help government to act in this way, banning non-recyclable plastic,” said environmentalist Karel Ménard.

The move also comes as city officials have taken steps to cut back on waste in Montreal, including banning single-use plastic bags.

In May, city council passed a motion prohibiting water bottles from municipal buildings.

READ MORE: City councillor wants to see Montreal ban single-use plastic water bottles in city buildings

Now, some want the city go even further — a petition is circulating urging officials to ban plastic straws.

“In the United States, we use about 50 million straws a day — it’s enormous,” said Ménard. “In Canada, it’s about 30 million straws a day as well.”

WATCH: Starbucks promises to eliminate plastic straws from more than 28,000 locations worldwide

A city spokesperson says their goal as an administration is to reduce plastic consumption — and that includes plastic straws — but as of right now, there is no specific plan or timeline to ban them city wide.

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