Order a drink at Mama's Fish House in Maui, and it'll arrive topped with a black paper straw. At South Africa's Conscious 108, you'll likely get a straw made of steel.
And at Harlem Public, waiters hand out Twizzlers, with their tips cut off, for sipping certain drinks.
The best part? When they're done slurping up their cocktails, "close to 100 percent" of customers eat the Twizzler-turned-straw, says owner Lauren Lynch. In other words: zero waste.
As local governments mull restrictions on plastic straws, restaurants and bars around the world are toying with new ways to replace a piece of plastic that has become a ubiquitous part of dining out, whether at a...