A Dubai pizza shop has banned straws so will others follow?

Sachets of sauce, packs of straws and enough cutlery for a dinner party – food deliveries in Dubai don’t hold back on the extras.

But now a pizza chain is calling time on unnecessary plastic. Freedom Pizza will stop providing straws with orders and will no longer send a cutlery pack. Instead, customers will be asked to purchase biodegradable cutlery. Who eats pizza with a knife and fork anyway?

The UAE pizza chain, which already uses recycled bags and napkins, is calling on other food delivery firms to join the #StopSucking challenge and support the Strawless Ocean movement by saying no to plastic straws.

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Freedom Pizza bosses say they were inspired by His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai who last year took part in a sea cleaning initiative to launch International Volunteer Day.

More than 500 million straws are used every year in the US alone and campaigners have warned there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish by 2050.

Freedom Pizza’s founder and CEO, Ian Ohan, says: “We have been amongst the many delivery services sending plastic straws and cutlery with every order. The Don’t Suck campaign originated in the States and after being inspired we decided to join efforts to save the environment and marine world.”


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