|Denpasar – Visnoe Restaurant has now officially implemented a ban on the use of straws – and plastic bags rolling out during 2019. The ban is the first step the brand is taking in raising awareness of the effects of plastic pollution on the planet and its oceans. This commitment is expected to eliminate almost 200 thousand plastic straws use per year and expands the company’s ocean protection practices beyond sourcing traceable, sustainable and responsibly-sourced seafood to include efforts to support healthy oceans. Other ocean protection initiative include no expanded polystyrene use (aka Styrofoam), applying proper recycling practices in kitchen, no plastic bags offered for takeout or to-go orders and no beverages sold in plastic bottles. |
“We are proud to be one of the first casual seafood restaurant in Denpasar to make a commitment to eliminate plastic straws from our restaurants,” said founder of Visnoe, I Gusti Arya Eman Himawan S.T., “This is a meaningful step in our long-standing commitment to protect and preserve the world’s oceans and marine life. We hope our work helps raise awareness around the issue of plastic straws and encourages other businesses to make similar changes.” The move follows a global trend by the food and hospitality industry to reduce its plastic use.
Visnoe understands the ban is as much a moral decision as it is an economic one, “The ocean sustains us with the basic elements of life; it produces half the oxygen we breathe, helps to provide the water we drink and delivers [to] us the very core of our business success – seafood.” Visnoe says the ban has been largely supported by its customers, and has encouraged consumers to take the message to social media, using the hashtag #refusethestraw to spread the word. The company is well known for its corporate responsibility, particularly when it comes to its primary product, seafood. Visnoe only uses seafood sourced from sister company, I AM BE U that has been harvested in a responsible, ethical manner. (*)