UBC Food Services does not offer
plastic straws and cutlery
We have eliminated single-use plastic straws and cutlery at UBC to reduce waste and protect our planet. By removing plastic straws and cutlery from our waste streams, we are taking another step on the path to becoming a truly zero-waste, sustainable campus community.
Why Are We Doing This?
Our decision to stop offering single-use plastic straws and cutlery was informed by research into the environmental impact of single-use plastics and supported by the following partnerships:
A student petition at UBC Vancouver and customer feedback support a reduction in all single-use plastics on campus. Plastic straws and cutlery are the first step of many.
UBC's 2018-2020 Strategic Plan
Shaping UBC’s Next Century aims to harness the energies and strengths of UBC to affect sustainable and positive change, both locally and globally.
Ocean Wise Partnership
UBC Food Services is a proud Ocean Wise partner. We support its vision for healthy and flourishing ocean by purchasing sustainable seafood and reducing single-use plastics, informed by Plastic Wise.
Greenest City Action Plan
In 2010, the University of British Columbia partnered with the City of Vancouver to advance sustainability and climate action goals through the Greenest City 2020 Action Plan.
What You Can Do
Bring your own reusable cutlery & straw, or request compostable ones.
Bring Your Own
Invest in a reusable straw, pack cutlery from home, or buy a reusable travel set.
Forgot your reusable set? If you really need them, paper straws and wood cutlery are available by request.
What do you think?
If you’ve dined recently at UBC, we want to hear from you! Your feedback helps us to provide the best possible experience.