Bar scene goes green

From left: Belvedere Vodka’s education and advocacy director Matt Pomeroy; bartender Gabriel Carlos of Manhattan at Regent Singapore; and bartender Ryan Chetiyawardana, better known as Mr Lyan.
From left: Belvedere Vodka’s education and advocacy director Matt Pomeroy; bartender Gabriel Carlos of Manhattan at Regent Singapore; and bartender Ryan Chetiyawardana, better known as Mr Lyan. PHOTO: TAN CHIN FAN FOR BELVEDERE VODKA

Bartender and zero-waste pioneer Mr Lyan says every small step towards sustainability helps

While sustainability seems to be the buzzword in the food and beverage industry, bartender and "zero-waste" pioneer Ryan Chetiyawardana - or Mr Lyan, as he is better known - notes that there is a bit of "greenwashing" going on.

"But I liken it to charity a little bit. I would love everyone to have ethical motivations... but the reality is some people do it for a tax break, or whatever it is," Mr Chetiyawardana tells The Straits Times.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 20, 2019, with the headline 'Bar scene goes green'. Print Edition | Subscribe