Malaysian mall introduces metal straws for shoppers


(Inside Retail Asia | January 3, 2019)

Malaysia’s Sunway Malls is introducing metal straws among its customers. This is to help eliminate single-use plastic straws from its property,

The move was made in alignment with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals and the government’s decision to ban plastic straws in the Federal Territories in Malaysia.

Many of Sunway’s tenants are moving forward with alternative straw materials too. Biodegradable paper straws are available at some outlets, while others have decided to remove plastic straws altogether. Some others are rewarding customers who bring their own straws.

Sunway shoppers who spend RM100 (US$24) in two receipts will be eligible to collect their personal metal straws from the concierge counters of each participating mall.

Sunway Malls COO Kevin Tan said the metal straws will be available to shoppers with a very minimal spend. This is their way of instilling a greater sense of responsibility and sustainability towards the environment through a conscious effort of reducing daily plastic consumption in their shoppers lives.

The mall is also one of the first malls to introduce the Bring Your Own Bag (BYOB) campaign in 2017


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