Local restaurant stalwarts Kitchen Concepts, the people behind popular restaurants Chophouse, Cuba, Gululu, Manakis and Vecchia Napoli, are making a bold promise to their clients, the Maltese islands, and essentially, the world.
The restauranteurs have announced that they will stop using single-use plastic on all their tables, with the company estimating that within a year they will save a staggering 65,000 plastic cocktail stirrers, 240,000 plastic straws, 25,000 takeaway boxes, 15,000 plastic ice-cream cups and plastic spoons, 70,000 takeout coffee cups, 10,000 handwipes and thousands of pieces of plastic cutlery across all their restaurants.
How’s that for impact?
Kitchen Concepts have guaranteed that their establishments will stop using products like plastic cocktail stirrers, substituting with other more sustainable materials like paper, wood and compostable materials for straws and cutlery. Kitchen Concepts restaurants have also supported local NGO Żibel in their clean-ups in St. Julian’s Bay.
“We have been working on reducing the amount of single use plastic across all our restaurants for a while by sourcing suitable and feasible alternatives,” explained Kitchen Concepts CEO, Reuben Demicoli.
“Our announcement to stop all single use plastic on our tables also coincides with World Environment Day and World Oceans Day. We felt it was the opportune moment to make this promise and do our little bit in an effort to reduce some of the negative impact that our plastic waste has on our environment”.
Demicoli also invited fellow business owners to join in the cause and follow suit – “we encourage other businesses and individuals to join us on this drive”.
We’re all about that kind of collaborative, communal effort.