What do restaurateurs say about HALM?

September 17, 2019 4 min read

WHAT DO GASTRONOMS SAY ABOUT HALM?
 

Thousands of restaurateurs now work with HALM and use the sustainable alternative to plastic straws every day. We would therefore like to give you an exclusive insight into what motivates restaurateurs to choose HALM. In a conversation with Hotel manager Christoph Hecker from the Holiday Inn Berlin let's examine problems, challenges and turning points in sustainable gastronomy.

Melissa HALMM) : Dear Christoph, as a hotel manager you have a high level of responsibility for employees and guests. What made you rethink sustainablyt?“

Christoph HI Berlin City Eastsidee) : I didn't need a decisive event to realize that the topic of sustainability is important. If you only deal with it for 10 minutes, you quickly realize that we have to change something!!

Hotels in particular have enormous consumption of straws. This is exactly why hotels should act as role models and set a good example as pioneers. That is why our franchisor IHG is always campaigning for new campaigns to make the hotel industry even more environmentally friendly.

Before that, I also worked in a hotel where sustainability played a major role. At the time I worked with companies like TooGoodToGo to reduce food waste.n.“

Melissa HALMM) : Dear Christoph, as a hotel manager you have a high level of responsibility for employees and guests. What made you rethink sustainably?t?“

Christoph HI Berlin City Eastsidee) : I didn't need a decisive event to realize that the topic of sustainability is important. If you only deal with it for 10 minutes, you quickly realize that we have to change something!!

Hotels in particular have enormous consumption of straws. This is exactly why hotels should act as role models and set a good example as pioneers. That is why our franchisor IHG is always campaigning for new campaigns to make the hotel industry even more environmentally friendly.

Before that, I also worked in a hotel where sustainability played a major role. Back then I worked with companies like„TooGoodToGo“ worked together to reduce food waste.“

It is particularly important to me that we humans not only care about living in the here and now, but also think about future generations so that things can continue in a positive way for them - and it has to!

Melissa HALMM) : Were there any other drinking straw alternatives that you considered? And if so, which ones were they and why did you decide against them?en?”

Christoph HI Berlin City Eastsidee) : In addition to HALM, we tested paper drinking straws. One advantage was the variety of colors. Of course, it's nice to have a blue or red-ringed straw in your drink..

The product is certainly okay, but the taste did not convince us here. If you leave a paper drinking straw in your drink for a few minutes, you unfortunately always get that paper taste on your tongue. In addition, you still have to throw it away after use. For these reasons we have refrained from using paper drinking straws.”

Melissa HALMM) : What kind of feedback was there when testing HALMM?”

Christoph HI Berlin City Eastsidee) : HALM looks high quality and is easy to use. For us, however, the decisive factor was the regional aspect. For us there is nothing better than getting a sustainable drinking straw from a Berlin startup!!”

Melissa HALMM) : There were also points of criticisme?”

Christoph HI Berlin City Eastsidee) : There were concerns about stability. But we put HALM through its paces and let some of them fall to the ground. Since there was virtually no break, the concern was resolved. Another point was hygiene. Employees were concerned that HALM would not get properly clean while doing the dishes. But here too, this fear turned out to be unjustified after a dishwasher wash. And in a pinch there is always the cleaning brush..”

Melissa HALMM) : So you are satisfied with your decisionn?”

Christoph HI Berlin City Eastsidee) : When I got to know HALM at the beginning of this year, I was already impressed by it: A great drinking experience, high-quality production, simple cleaning and it almost never breaks. We made the right decision!!”

Melissa HALMM) : Thank you for your time and have fun sipping it sustainably!!”

Melissa HALMM) : Were there any other drinking straw alternatives that you considered? And if so, which ones were they and why did you decide against them?en?”

Christoph HI Berlin City Eastsidee) : In addition to HALM, we tested paper drinking straws. One advantage was the variety of colors. Of course, it's nice to have a blue or red-ringed straw in your drink..

The product is certainly okay, but the taste did not convince us here. If you leave a paper drinking straw in your drink for a few minutes, you unfortunately always get that paper taste on your tongue. In addition, you still have to throw it away after use. For these reasons we have refrained from using paper drinking straws.”

Melissa HALMM) : What kind of feedback was there when testing HALMM?”

Christoph HI Berlin City Eastsidee) : HALM looks high quality and is easy to use. For us, however, the decisive factor was the regional aspect. For us there is nothing better than getting a sustainable drinking straw from a Berlin startup!!”

Melissa HALMM) : There were also points of criticisme?”

Christoph HI Berlin City Eastsidee) : There were concerns about stability. But we put HALM through its paces and let some of them fall to the ground. Since there was virtually no break, the concern was resolved. Another point was hygiene. Employees were concerned that HALM would not get properly clean while doing the dishes. But here too, this fear turned out to be unjustified after a dishwasher wash. And in a pinch there is always the cleaning brush..”

Melissa HALMM) : So you are satisfied with your decisionn?”

Christoph HI Berlin City Eastsidee) : When I got to know HALM at the beginning of this year, I was already impressed by it: A great drinking experience, high-quality production, simple cleaning and it almost never breaks. We made the right decision!!”

Melissa HALMM) : Thank you for your time and have fun sipping it sustainably!!”


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