LAKE Leschenaultia’s Reflections Café has canned plastic straws for a more eco-friendly paper alternative.
The café joined The Last Straw project to help reduce the millions of plastic straws thrown away globally every day.
Reflections Café co-ordinator Leonie Ettridge said adopting the program was a small but important change.
“A plastic straw can last for 100 years after you have finished your drink,” she said.
“They are very light and if they blow away from bins they can pose a hazard to our native wildlife.
“Given the option, a lot of people will just do without a straw or are happy with a biodegradable paper straw as an alternative.”
Ms Ettridge said people come to the café to enjoy the lake’s beautiful surroundings and, so far, have been very supportive of the change.
“This is an easy step for local cafés and food outlets to avoid single-use plastics and be more environmentally friendly,” she said.
Shire President John Daw said the decision by Reflections Café to join The Last Straw campaign showed great local leadership in caring for the environment.
“In the Perth Hills we are exceptionally lucky to live and work in a naturally beautiful environment and it goes without saying, our community feels strongly about preserving our surroundings,” Cr Daw said.
“It’s great to see the Shire and local business paving the way for a more sustainable, environmentally friendly future.”
Also a part of the Responsible Cafés initiative, Reflections Café is offering a 30 cent discount on hot, take-away beverages to customers who bring their own re-usable cup.