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This Is What You Came for (No Plastic Straws)

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There are few things the Jezebel staff hates more than plastic straws—specifically, the harm they create for wildlife, the damage they cause our oceans and coastlines, the pollution ice coffee junkies ’round the world are responsible for—and now, DJ Calvin Harris (real name Adam Richard Wiles, Scottish for “You forgot he dated Taylor Swift, right?”) has joined us in the effort to end straws. The revolution is nigh!

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According to Variety, Harris and the Hakkasan Group, which is “the hospitality company with nightclubs and restaurants throughout the world,” have teamed up “to eliminate all single-use plastic straws in the group’s clubs.” Variety reports:

“Citing recent research — that 500 million straws are used and discarded every day in the United States alone adding to the 175 billion that find their way into waterways and oceans — and the fact that many Fortune 500 companies are also pledging to eliminate plastic straws, “small actions can make a difference,” reads the announcement.”

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Harris shared the following in said announcement:

“My friend and tour photographer Conor McDonnell has been working closely with the World Wildlife Fund and has been sharing his first-hand experience of the damage plastic waste is doing to the environment. We want to reduce the impact of harmful plastics, so we decided to take action. I am grateful to Hakkasan Group for supporting us and helping us make a difference, I hope other venues in the city and around the world will do the same.”

What isn’t totally clear is, uh, what Hakkasan plans on doing in lieu of plastic straws. If the company is anything like McDonalds, patrons could expect paper straws in the future. As for you, invest in a damn metal straw! Carry that shit with you! This is what you came for, right?

Senior Writer, Jezebel. My debut book, LARGER THAN LIFE: A History of Boy Bands, is out now.

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eastbaygal

I am disabled. I cannot drink any liquids without a straw. By law I’m entitled to public accommodations. It’s not a small thing. What if I don’t have any in my bag? Why don’t people just tell me to carry my own portable ramps? I could get different sizes and strap ‘em to my wheelchair and ask people to help me... It’s not that I’m attached to plastic, but I think when people are set on banning something that affects the civil rights of a whole group of people, they should start with the mitigation. Or at least include it? “All businesses will have to offer paper straws to those who need/request them.”