Sustainability Program

Moving Forward to Elimiate Plastic Straws



Plastic straws are used once, then discarded. Many are destined for landfills, but others find their ways into streams, rivers, and eventually the ocean where they become choking hazards to marine animals and leach toxic chemicals that are harmful to humans.

To strengthen our contribution to environmental protection, all full-service restaurants in HKUST, including the Chinese restaurant, UC Bistro & Unibar, and Unique have joined a growing movement to eliminate the use of plastic drinking straws.

In addition, beginning this semester, all LG7 fast food outlets will be using paper straws (except specialty drinks) while Grab-n-go outlets, such as, Ebeneezer's and Subway, will no longer offer plastic straws. The Starbucks has also started to use the newly designed "strawless lids" for all the iced drinks (except Frappuccino). For the remaining outlets, for examples, the LG1 restaurant, LG5 McDonald's and restaurant at LSKBB, "No Straw Day" will be held on a weekly basis and catering staff will not take the initiative to give out any plastic straws.

We will keep on working in this direction with the ultimate goal of removing plastic straws from our campus, however, could not make great progress without your active participation. So, starting today, make a personal commitment to say "no" to plastic straws, Whenever ordering a drink, politely request "no straw, please.". Encourage your friends and family to take the pledge, too.

Thank you for your cooperation and continued support.



Food Waste Reduction
Our eating habits have significant environmental impact. It is a key driver of climate change. To promote the practice of “use less, waste less”, with the joint efforts of most caterers on campus, we launch the following campaign to save our earth:
Outlets Extra Charges for Take Away Order    Bring Your Own Container (BYOC)*     Less Rice (less 1/3 of the rice portion)
Meal Box Cutlery Takeaway
Paper Bag
Box Cup  
Starbucks N/A N/A N/A N/A -$4 for handcrafted drink N/A
China Garden +$1 +$1 N/A N/A N/A N/A
LG1 Restaurant +$1 N/A -$1 for Rice dish with BBQ food N/A -$1 for Rice dish with BBQ food
LG7 Asia Pacific +$1 +$1 N/A -$1 for All Meal Sets -$1 for All drinks (excl. the drink of Combo-Meal) -$1 for Rice dish except those pre-portioned, for examples, baked rice & spaghetti, and steamed rice
LG7 Gold RIce Bowl +$1 +$1 N/A -$1 for Rice dish with two toppings N/A -$1 for Rice dish with two toppings
LG7 TT Veggie +$2 N/A -$1 N/A -$1
for Rice dish with one or two toppings
Oliver's Super Sandwiches N/A +$1 +$1 N/A N/A N/A
Passion N/A N/A N/A -$1 for Pasta, Risotto and Fresh Casserole N/A N/A
Hungry Korean +$1 +$1 +$1 N/A N/A N/A
American Diner +$1.5 N/A -$1.5 -$1.5 for Handcrafted Drink (incl. the drink of Combo-Meal) -$1 (incl. rice or spaghetti)
Pacific Coffee N/A N/A N/A N/A -$3 for Handcrafted Drink N/A
LSK Restaurant +$1 N/A -$1 for Rice dish with BBQ food N/A -$1 for Rice dish with BBQ food
Seafront Cafeteria +$1 N/A -$1 N/A -$1 for All rice dishes
UniBistro +$1 +$1 N/A N/A N/A N/A

* The maximum discount of each meal (food + drink) is $1

# Please take note that the above food items and discount offers are subject to change without prior notice.