Going strawless

Not a day goes by that we don’t appreciate the beauty of nature, the ocean and the country of Belize, but as with many countries especially developing ones, we do have a problem with garbage. In October of 2017 in an effort to help mitigate some of this trash, we decided to “Go Straw-less” in the chocolate boutique.  We have always offered paper straws but we wanted to try and change the mindset of our customers by giving them the choice to completely “Go Straw-less” when purchasing one of our chocolate drinks.   In return we have pledged to donate $1BZ to Oceana for every customer who takes this option.

Oceana is the largest international ocean conservation and advocacy organization.They work to protect and restore the world’s oceans through targeted policy campaigns.  To date we have had over 400 people make the conscious decision to “Go Straw-less”.  We are thrilled! As are Oceana and they rewarded us with a Wavemaker of the year Certificate of Recognition. We are hoping that we can only improve on awareness and thus contributions for 2018.   Incidentally one of our customers (thanks Fred) heard what we were doing and came round with this great diagram that demonstrates how long it takes for items to decompose!  Its actually terrifying and our next project will be focusing on attempting to eliminate plastic bags.  That will be a little more challenging.. Watch this space!