Gates Hospitality Joins Movement to Clean Up the Ocean by Ditching Straws

Stop supplying straws to guests to reduce plastic distribution

Six Restaurants Will Take Part in The Campaign, Responding to Freedom Pizza’s ‘Stop Sucking’ Challenge

In a collaborative movement across the Gates Hospitality group, Bistro Des Arts, folly by Nick & Scott, Publique, Reform Social & Grill, The Black Lion, Ultra Brasserie and Via Veneto will join forces and stop supplying straws to guests in a bid to reduce the amount of plastic distributed. Instead, guests will now be encouraged to help themselves at the bar or request a straw when ordering their drinks.

In response to Freedom Pizza’s ‘Stop Sucking’ campaign, whose initiative was largely inspired by the acts of His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, who last year dedicated the launch of International Volunteer Day by cleaning the sea, Gates Hospitality predict a saving over 81,000 straws annually across the group, if 60% of their consumers refrain from regular use. 

You know it’s a powerful campaign when brands come together to collaborate and we’re thrilled to be supporting another local business, implementing change across the UAE.” comments Naim Maadad, Chief Executive. “As a business, we need to refrain from handing them out with every order and the more that consumers are educated on the damage they cause to the environment, the less they’ll be using”.

The implementation of the ‘stop sucking’ campaign across six venues will take effect from 1st April 2018 with Gates Hospitality’s voluntary action aiming to support and bolster the regional drive to reduce plastic waste across the globe.

“We are so pleased that Gates Hospitality has joined the movement to reduce single-use plastics in our industry. One small change can make a material impact on our environment. We are grateful to all our customers and industry peers for supporting this important initiative.” Ian Ohan as Founder and CEO of Freedom Pizza.

About Gates Hospitality

Committed to the development of world-class hospitality, asset management and food & beverage products, Gates Hospitality launched in 2010. Their combined knowledge and passion is supported by the exceptional local and international hospitality and F&B experience of their senior management team. They are currently developing a suite of home grown F&B concepts, in addition to holding the franchise rights to several strategically handpicked restaurant brands across the MENA region. Their objective is to strategically expand reach by conceptualizing, developing and operating unique fresh restaurant concepts that fit local market needs and/or acquiring other significant brands that fit within their criteria.