The war on straws

In January 2018, we went to war on plastic straws in another step that pushed us to minimise the environmental impact our business.

In January 2018, we went to war on plastic straws in another step that pushed us to minimise the environmental impact our business. We’ve stopped serving single-use plastic straws in all but our essential drinks, unless a customer asks for one, and the very few drinks which do need a straw now come with a 100% biodegradable one.

Having already tested serving our drinks with no straws at our Test Kitchen restaurant in Shoreditch, we’re confident that this simple swap can make a huge reduction in our plastic waste, without making your drinks less delicious to sip.

Whilst we’d been making plans to go straw free following our Shoreditch trial, it was a visit from our Co-founder’s 4 year old son that was the final straw. Mark told us: “My 4 year old son came to Wahaca and said he didn’t want a straw with his orange juice because “he didn’t want turtles to choke and die”. I made a vow then to turn Wahaca into a Zero plastic straw company and now we will be.”

Our policy is that no straws go out with any drinks unless a customer specifically asks, with the exception of our mojitos, our Earl of Mexico and our fresh juices. If you’d like a straw in any drink, please feel free to ask and we’ll add a biodegradable one for you.