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April 15, 2011

Initiative: Getting Restaurants to Stop Giving Out Plastic Straws Automatically

Wouldn’t it be nice if restaurant servers asked if you wanted a straw before sticking one in your drink automatically? Right now, it’s up to us to refuse those straws ahead of time.  And sometimes, we have to ask more than once for our request to be remembered and fulfilled.
GlassDharma reusable glass drinking strawThat’s one of the reasons I carry a Glass Dharma glass drinking straw with me wherever I go.  Whipping out my straw is a memorable way to get the server’s attention and sometimes to start a conversation about the environmental impact of plastic.  I also have sensitive teeth, so drinking cold beverages through a straw is just easier.  Some of you have mentioned that you don’t need any straw at all.  So let’s tell restaurants to quit giving them to us!

Take Action

1) Choose your restaurant(s) to write to.  Any restaurant. Preferably one(s) you frequent and that you have noticed gives out unwrapped straws automatically.

2) Write a snail mail letter.  Paper letters get more attention, so you’ll have to look up the company’s address. I’ve included my own letter to a restaurant at the bottom of this post. Feel free to use it as a model, but do try to use your own words in case more than one person writes to the same restaurant.

3) Copy your letter into a comment on this blog, including the address of the restaurant so others can write to the same establishment if they choose.  (Delete your personal contact information before posting your comment here where everyone can see it.)

My Letter to Pasta Pomodoro

Okay, here is the letter I am mailing today:

Beth Terry
Address
Address
Email

April 15, 2011

Pasta Pomodoro
1550 Bryant Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
E-mail: pasta@pastap.com

Dear Pasta Pomodoro:

As a long-time customer, I not only appreciate your food but also the fact that it is served on beautiful, durable dishes, with real flatware and glasses. I know that when I eat at your place, I’ll have a waste-free meal — except for one thing: the disposable plastic straws. I don’t need or want one. But unless I ask the server ahead of time not to bring me one, they stick a straw in my drink automatically, generating plastic waste that will last for thousands of years.

In honor of Earth Day, I am writing to ask you to change your plastic straw policy.

1) First, please train your servers to ask customers if they want a straw instead of automatically giving them one. Some people don’t like straws and will appreciate being asked. All others will get a chance to stop and think about whether they actually need this disposable plastic item in the first place. It’s like grocery stores training their employees to ask whether customers want a bag.

2) Second, I would love it if you’d switch to paper straws for those customers who request one. Yes, they are still disposable, but at least they are compostable and will not last in the environment, potentially harming wildlife. One company that offers paper straws is Aardvark (http://www.aardvarkstraws.com).

3) And third, please consider participating in an upgrade program, offering customers the opportunity to pay extra for their meal and receive a reusable straw to carry with them. I have been carrying a glass straw from a company called Glass Dharma for the past few years so that I don’t have to waste plastic. On their web site, they describe the Menu Upgrade program for restaurants (http://glassdharma.blogspot.com/2010/11/whats-on-menu.html), which I think is a great idea.

Please respond and let me know which steps you are willing to take. I do appreciate your restaurant and thank you for the free meals on my birthday and good food the rest of the year.

Sincerely,

Beth Terry

Update: After publishing this post, I was contacted by the team of BeStrawFree.org letting me know about 9-year old Milo’s project to reduce single-use plastic straw waste. Please sign on to and pledge to live plastic straw-free.

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Great that you feel you’re saving the planet but don’t impose your ideas on those that don’t agree with legislation that impacts my love of straws. And no, I’m not carrying a straw around with the damn brown bag that forced on us in Austin.

I am so excited! Thank you so much!

I’m starting a food cart and I told David that I would love to become a reseller for him. I can’t wait to start bringing this great product to PTown. It’s exactly the kind of thing I think would go over great here.

I am so heartbroken right now. I was just wondering if something had happened to my straws in the mail so I searched for earthday@glassdharma.com in my email account and discovered that my very lengthy email to them had been saved as a draft instead of sent. I sent a plea to ask if they could please honor the promotion still or just send me one straw even. Beth, if you have any pull could you root for me? I have been telling people all over Portland for weeks about these straws arriving and I’ve already started sewing utensil pouches… Read more »

Anyway, point being that people have finally come around to reusable drinking bottles and shopping bags, I think reusables will be taking over more and more.

5-10 years ago, the people in my grocery store looked at me like I was nutts whenever I said the magic words “I don’t need a bag”. After a while it turned into a more neutral response but I always felt like I was expected to pack the groceries myself, almost like the cashier is thinking “Well fine then, if you don’t want our bags then do it yourself.” Did you ever get that vibe or was it all in my head? These days it’s just so common to have green bags and sometimes the cashier will take the bag… Read more »

He didn’t seem that excited to me:

“Thank you for your email, however, the Earth Day letters to restaurants promotion has expired (4/30/2011) and all of the letters received by then are being processed. We will be shipping the straws promised between now and Wednesday, May 4th. Should you need to communicate with us, please send an email to: info@glassdharma.com.

Thank you,

David Leonhardt
GlassDharma”

I mean, I sent my letters out on 4/19 and was only forwarding a copy of the reply I received, as you requested.

I got an answer from O’Charley’s:
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Dear Ms. Sloop,
Thank you for your recent letter regarding plastic straws. I appreciate your suggestions and will investigate their viability for our company. I had no idea that paper straws existed! Thanks for the tip. Your letter spurred me to think of other ways O’Charley’s could be more friendly to the environment and I will research some of those possibilities also.

Thank you for being a guest of O’Charley’s!

Mickey Mills
VP of Operations
O’Charley’s Inc.
P: 615-782-8841
C: 615-767-1621
mickey.mills@ocharleys.com

Mirza Molberg xxxxxxx April 30, 2011 Back To The Land 142 7th Ave. Brooklyn, NY 11215 (718) 768-5654 Dear Back To The Land Thank you for providing wonderful organic and natural groceries to the Park Slope and Brooklyn community. It is always a pleasure to stop by when I am in the area, or to travel to your store for specialty items. In honor of Earth Day/Earth Life, I am asking that you look at an eco-friendly alternative to the plastic straws used in your juice bar. 1) First, please train your servers to ASK customers if they want a… Read more »
Mirza Molberg x April 30, 2011 Grill’s Delight & Juice Bar 587 5th Ave ? Brooklyn, NY 11215 (347) 529-5445 Dear Grill’s Delight: The convenience of your location for tasty all fruit smoothies and juices is excellent. Thank you for providing healthy options in an area where they are otherwise unavailable. In honor of Earth Day, I am writing to ask you to change your plastic straw policy. 1) First, please train your servers to ASK customers if they want a straw instead of automatically giving them one. Most of us don’t use straws at home anyway. Some people don’t… Read more »
Colleen Rogers PRIVATE April 15, 2011 Applebees 8800 Main Street Birch Run, MI 48415 989.624.4307 E-mail: unknown Dear Applebees: As a long-time customer, I not only appreciate your food but also the fact that it is served on beautiful, durable dishes, with real flatware and glasses. I know that when I eat at your place, I’ll have a waste-free meal except for one thing: the disposable plastic straws. I don’t need or want one. But unless I ask the server ahead of time not to bring me one, they stick a straw in my drink automatically, generating plastic waste that… Read more »
Note: I twice tried calling the phone number that I found on various websites for Fat Tuesdays and it just went to what sounded like a fax machine after about 10 rings. Therefore, I was not able to reach anyone to ask for an email contact for their restaurant/bar. Fat Tuesdays 809 Washington St Vancouver WA 98661 Ph.: 360-735-7199 Email: Unknown April 29, 2011 Attn: Fat Tuesdays Management We are excited to have discovered your establishment. It is difficult in this area to find cornbread that does not have too much sugar in it, but yours passes the test. Your… Read more »
Here is the letter I mailed out today! April 28, 2011 North China Buffet 300 Bell Boulevard Belleville, ON K8P 5H7 (613)771-9988 Dear Management: I have been enjoying the deliscious variety of foods and freindly atmosphere at your restraunt for a few years now and have alway had a good experience. As a long-time customer, I not only appreciate your food but also your friendliness towards children. There is only one thing that troubles me, and that’s the disposable straws that you serve us with our coconut water. We try not to use disposable plastic because it’s wasteful. I most… Read more »
name address contact April 25, 2011 La Casita 465 East Fry Boulevard, Sierra Vista – (520) 458-2376 Dear La Casita: I recently went to your restaurant and loved the food. Your dishes are spot on and I’m sure I’ll be back frequently! Thanks for making our girl’s day out a little more delicious! There is only one thing that troubles me, and that’s the disposable straws that you serve us with our drinks. I try not to use disposable plastic because it’s so wasteful. While our drinks did not arrive with straws IN them, the waitress simply placed wrapped straws… Read more »

Thank YOU Beth and thank you Glass Dharma! I mailed my letters off last Friday and today I received my glass straws and wonderful letter from G.D.! That was fast!!!!! I plan to continue to communicate with local businesses and carry on the campaign.

Buffalo Wild Wings 3575 West Stetson Avenue Hemet, CA 92545-9740 (951) 925-6111 To Whom it May Concern: 4/26/11 This is just a friendly letter asking you to do a very simple, yet very important thing! In honor of Earth Day, I am writing to ask you to change your plastic straw policy. We are all trying to be Earth conscious, and Im sure your establishment wouldn’t mind joining the ranks all you have to do is please retrain your staff to ask customers if they would like a straw, rather than automatically just putting one in their glass before it… Read more »
Millie’s Restaurant 2020 East Florida Avenue Hemet, CA 92544-4727 (951) 658-9068 To Whom it May Concern: 4/26/11 This is just a friendly letter asking you to do a very simple, yet very important thing! In honor of Earth Day, I am writing to ask you to change your plastic straw policy. We are all trying to be Earth conscious, and Im sure your establishment wouldn’t mind joining the ranks. all you have to do is please retrain your staff to ask customers if they would like a straw, rather than automatically just putting one in their glass before it is… Read more »
Chili’s Restaraunt 2100 W Florida Av Hemet, CA 92545-3642 (951) 652-2777 To Whom it May Concern: 4/26/11 This is just a friendly letter asking you to do a very simple, yet very important thing! In honor of Earth Day, I am writing to ask you to change your plastic straw policy. We are all trying to be Earth conscious, and I’m sure your establishment wouldn’t mind joining the ranks. all you have to do is please retrain your staff to ask customers if they would like a straw, rather than automatically just putting one in their glass before it is… Read more »
Duke’s Steakhouse 360 North San Jacinto Street Hemet, CA 92543-3110 (951) 260-0335 To Whom it May Concern: 4/26/11 This is just a friendly letter asking you to do a very simple, yet very important thing! In honor of Earth Day, I am writing to ask you to change your plastic straw policy. We are all trying to be Earth conscious, and Im sure your establishment wouldn’t mind joining the ranks: all you have to do is please retrain your staff to ask customers if they would like a straw, rather than automatically just putting one in their glass before it… Read more »
Gena Alltizer April 27, 2011 Millie’s Restaurant Bakery 2020 E. Florida Ave Hemet, CA 92544-4727 951-658-9068 428@millies.com Dear Millie’s: As a long-time customer, I not only appreciate your food but also the fact that it is served on durable dishes, with real flatware and glasses. I know that when I eat at your place, I’ll have a waste-free meal, except for one thing: the disposable plastic straws. I don’t need or want one. But unless I ask the server ahead of time not to bring me one, they stick a straw in my drink automatically, generating plastic waste that will… Read more »
Gena Alltizer April 27, 2011 Mimi’s Cafe 1778 W. Florida Ave Hemet, CA 92543 951-929-2201 mimis_121@mimiscafe.com Dear Chili’s: As a long-time customer, I not only appreciate your food but also the fact that it is served on durable dishes, with real flatware and glasses. I know that when I eat at your place, I’ll have a waste-free meal, except for one thing: the disposable plastic straws. I don’t need or want one. But unless I ask the server ahead of time not to bring me one, they stick a straw in my drink automatically, generating plastic waste that will last… Read more »
Gena Alltizer April 27, 2011 Chili’s Bar & Grill 2100 W. Florida Ave Hemet, CA 92545 951-652-2777 C01093@chilis.com Dear Chili’s: As a long-time customer, I not only appreciate your food but also the fact that it is served on durable dishes, with real flatware and glasses. I know that when I eat at your place, I’ll have a waste-free meal, except for one thing: the disposable plastic straws. I don’t need or want one. But unless I ask the server ahead of time not to bring me one, they stick a straw in my drink automatically, generating plastic waste that… Read more »

oops forgot to change the address on the last one. Steer N Stein is at 3104 West Florida Ave, Hemet, CA 92545

Gena Alltizer April 27, 2011 Steer N Stein 2200 W Florida Ave # 410 Hemet, CA 92545-3670 951-658-6838 (would not give me email, says manager does not use it) Dear Steer N Stein: As a long-time customer, I not only appreciate your food but also the fact that it is served on durable dishes, with real flatware and glasses. I know that when I eat at your place, I’ll have a waste-free meal, except for one thing: the disposable plastic straws. I don’t need or want one. But unless I ask the server ahead of time not to bring me… Read more »
Gena Alltizer April 27, 2011 Samurai Sushi 2200 W Florida Ave # 410 Hemet, CA 92545-3670 ichipark@gmail.com Dear Samurai Sushi: As a long-time customer, I not only appreciate your food but also the fact that it is served on durable dishes, with real flatware and glasses. I know that when I eat at your place, I’ll have a waste-free meal, except for one thing: the disposable plastic straws. I don’t need or want one. But unless I ask the server ahead of time not to bring me one, they stick a straw in my drink automatically, generating plastic waste that… Read more »
Very unoriginal, but hopefully they will listen. Anne Lawrie 27 April 2011 Tara Thai 245 E. Bell Road – Suite 9 Phoenix, AZ 85024 To Whom It May Concern: As a long-time customer of your restaurant I not only appreciate the delicious food and welcoming service, I also appreciate your use of real dishes, flatware, and glasses. There is one thing I am bothered by, however. This is the fact that plastic straws automatically arrive in each glass. In honor of Earth Day I am writing to ask you to change your straw policy. They are such a waste, and… Read more »
Sushi Deli 135 Broadway, San Diego, CA (619) 233-3072 Dear Sushi Deli: As a long-time customer, I not only appreciate your food but also the fact that it is served on beautiful, durable dishes, with real flatware and glasses. I know that when I eat at your place, I’ll have a waste-free meal, except for one thing: the disposable plastic straws. I don’t need or want one. But unless I ask the server ahead of time not to bring me one, they stick a straw in my drink automatically, generating plastic waste that will last for thousands of years. In… Read more »
One of my favorite restaurants under my yoga studio….. Meg Neil 2635 Logan Ave. San Diego, CA 92113 meg.neil@gmail.com April 28, 2011 Naked Cafe 3555 Rosecrans St # 109 San Diego, CA 92110-3232 (619) 226-7866 Dear Naked Cafe: As a long-time customer, I not only appreciate your food but also the fact that it is served on beautiful, durable dishes, with real flatware and glasses. I know that when I eat at your place, I’ll have a waste-free meal, except for one thing: the disposable plastic straws. I don’t need or want one. But unless I ask the server ahead… Read more »
Great promotion! I LOVE my glass dharma straws and give them as gifts every year. I’m converting all my friends, one birthday at a time! I went for a mixture of local and national chain restaurants. Here are my letters: April 27, 2011 Kerby Lane Cafe Marketing/Catering/Food Development 2111 Dickson Dr. Ste A? Austin, TX. 78704? 512-448-3330 Dear Kerby Lane Cafe, As a satisfied customer, I not only appreciate your food but also the fact that it is served on durable dishes, with real flatware and glasses. I know that when I eat at Kerby Lane, I’ll have a waste-free… Read more »

Oh good! Thanks, Beth!

Here’s mine: April 27, 2011 Akasaka Japanese Restaurant 457 Paterson Avenue Wallington, NJ, 07057 201-507-8383 Dear Akasaka, I have eaten a few times at your restaurant and I am always thrilled by the elegance and deliciousness of your food. I also appreciate the lovely reusable cups and dishes that you serve your food on. However, the meals I eat at your restaurant are not completely waste-free. The chopsticks you provide me for eating my meal are the disposable wooden ones that I can use once and then throw away. Also, when I order a drink that is not hot tea… Read more »
Brianna Lopez address address email April 26, 2011 Red Robin Gourmet Burgers?6312 S. Fiddlers Green Cir., #200N?Greenwood Village, CO 80111?Phone: 303-846-6000 Dear Red Robin, I have always loved your restaurant and quite often choose you when I’m celebrating a birthday or just having date night with my boyfriend. Every time I go I always get the Freckled Lemonade which comes in a beautiful glass with a plastic straw in it. I have never been asked by a waiter/waitress if I want a straw, it’s always just automatically there. It’s not something I thought there were other options for in the… Read more »

Hi Beth,

I hope my letter is okay. Now that I’m looking at what others wrote, I see that everyone basically used the exact same format – and I didn’t. But I think I covered all the points! :)

Thanks for this opportunity, to you and Glass Dharma!

Yancy Contact info deleted for privacy April 26, 2011 Green Plow Coffee 436 SW 6th St. Redmond, OR 97756 pat@greenplowcoffee.com Dear Green Plow staff: First, I would like to say how much I enjoy your coffee shop. I am a part of the knitting group that meets there on Monday evenings, and I really love visiting your establishment. Your drinks are delicious and your staff is extremely warm and friendly. I especially love that your shop allows customers to use real dishware instead of disposable cups and that it encourages to-go customers to bring their own mugs. This is a… Read more »

I avoid plastic packaging. Some of the foods I regularly buy include cereal, granola, rice, nuts, beans, and quick oats. I’ve also purchased couscous, steal cut outs, rolled oats, Bulgar wheat, barley, and nutritional yeast.

Thank you so much for sharing this information with the world…nice to know there are many others out there doing what they can to use little or no plastic in an effort to be kinder to our beloved planet.

Last two. . . April 25, 2011 23rd Street Brewery 3512 Clinton Parkway Lawrence, KS 66047 E-mail: matt@brew23.com Dear 23rd Street Brewery: As a long-time customer, I not only appreciate your excellent burgers and terrific beer, but also the fact that the meal is served on beautiful, durable dishes with real flatware and glasses. I know that when I eat at your place, I’ll have a low-impact, waste-free meal – except for the disposable plastic straws. In honor of Earth month, I’m writing to request a change to your plastic straw policy. 1) First, please train your servers to ask… Read more »
Three letters. Two more to come. April 25, 2011 Dempseys Burger Pub 623 Vermont Street Lawrence, KS 66044 Dear Dempseys: As a long-time customer, I not only appreciate your excellent burgers, terrific beer and commitment to supporting local farmers by sourcing local food but also the fact that the meal is served on beautiful, durable dishes, with real flatware and glasses. I know that when I eat at your place, I’ll have a low-impact, waste-free meal – except for the disposable plastic straws. In honor of Earth month, I am writing to request that you to change your plastic straw… Read more »
Khaleelah Jones April 25, 2011 The Hornet Attn: Sean Workman, GM 76 Broadway Denver, CO 80203 Phone: 303-777-7676 Dear Mr. Workman: As a long-time customer at the Hornet, I not only love your food, but the Hornet’s continuing commitment to helping the environment. I would like to suggest another initiative for the Hornet to look into: getting rid of disposable plastic straws. I don’t need or want one, but unless I ask the server ahead of time not to bring me one, they stick a straw in my drink automatically, generating plastic waste that will last for thousands of years.… Read more »
JP Licks 659 Centre Street Jamaica Plain, MA 02130 Dear JP Licks: As long-time customers, my family not only appreciates your ice cream and food but also the fact that you are wonderful community members. As spring (and iced coffee/tea season) approaches, we have been thinking more about what we can do to reduce waste. We have recently noticed a movement away from disposable plastic straws, and we thought we would ask if you could help discourage their use. I don’t need or want one. But I notice that without a visible suggestion or alternative, many people take a plastic… Read more »
(all five posted together) Nicole Krempasky x April 23, 2011 Red Hot 349 7th Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11215 (718) 369-2577 Dear Red Hot: I not only appreciate your excellent all-vegan food selections, but also the fact that it is served on beautiful, durable dishes, with real flatware and glasses. I know that when I eat at your place, I’ll have a waste-free meal except for one thing: the disposable plastic straws. I am trying to eliminate single-use, disposable plastic from my life and our environment. But unless I ask the server ahead of time not to bring me one, they… Read more »
P.Terry’s Burger Stand Barton Springs and S. Lamar 404 S. Lamar Blvd. Austin, Texas 78704 pterry@pterrys.com Sandy’s Hamburger 603 Barton Springs Rd Austin, TX 78704 no email (512) 478-6322 Wahoo’s Taco 1722 South Congress Austin, Texas 78704 gdellc@wahoos.biz Chick Fil A 500 E Ben White Blvd Austin, TX 78704 no email Taco Cabana 9705 Manchaca Rd Austin, TX 78748 no email 512 280-5626 To Whom It May Concern, In honor of Earth Day I really enjoy taking my kids to eat out at your restaurant.The staff is always happy and cheerful making it very kid friendly. I thank you for… Read more »
Dear Infusion Tea, I am writing to you on this Earth Day to let you know about two cool options you could use to replace plastic straws. Besides the good food, atmosphere and great teas, I have always appreciated your efforts to “go green” (containers, local food). Instead of plastic straws, you could offer customers paper straws: http:://www.aardvarkstraws.com. Or offer an “upgrade” and sell a sturdy reusable glass straw with the drink. They glass straws are so sturdy they have a lifetime guarantee (my friend’s baby uses one!) and they’re easy to clean. Straws are so bad for the animals… Read more »
Here is letter number one: Revelations Cafe 112 North Main Street Fairfield, IA 52556 revelations@lisco.com Dear Revelations Cafe, As a long-time customer, I not only appreciate your fantastic food but also the fact that it is served on nice, durable dishes, with real flatware and cups. I know that when I eat at your place, I’ll have a waste-free meal – except for one thing: the disposable plastic straws. I don’t need or want one. Automatically sticking a straw in my smoothies, etc, generates plastic waste that will last for thousands of years, and for that reason I am trying… Read more »
Here are my letters! April 22, 2011 Country’s BBQ 2016 12th Ave Columbus, GA 31901 Dear Country’s BBQ: I love your food! I have been coming to your restaurant for as long as I can remember, especially the one on Mercury Drive. I love everything on the menu, particularly the ribs. I always get great service and enjoy my meal. There is only one thing that has ever kept my experience at Country’s from being great. It’s the fact that you give out plastic straws with every single drink. I don’t need or want one. Every time I have visited… Read more »
Here’s my letter! Sunset Grill & Tap 130 Brighton Ave Allston, MA 02134 Dear Sunset Grill, Ever since I discovered your amazing selection of beer and delicious vegan burrito, I have been a very happy costumer at your restaurant, as well as at Sunset Cantina. As an environmentally conscious eater, I’m glad that your food is served on real dishes and that you have real flatware, something that can be sometimes hard to find in the fast-food packed streets of Allston-Brighton. Eating a waste-free meal is important to me, which is why I’m writing about your use of disposable, neon-colored… Read more »
Noel Phillips cello_pandora@yahoo.com April 20, 2011 Denny’s 5025 Central Avenue NE Columbia Heights, MN 55421 Dear Denny’s: As a long-time customer, I not only appreciate your food but also the fact that it is served on beautiful, durable dishes, with real flatware and glasses. I know that when I eat at your place, I’ll have a waste-free meal – except for one thing: the disposable plastic straws. I don’t need or want one. But unless I ask the server ahead of time not to bring me one, they stick a straw in my drink automatically, generating plastic waste that will… Read more »
Melissa Brown somewhere Whole Foods Headquarters re. Green initiative 550 Bowie St. Austin, TX 78703 Dear Whole Foods Market, Green Initiative, I am currently living close to your Lamar store and I think of getting a fresh mixed juice as a bit of a treat. Unfortunately, it is rather difficult to get one without plastic. My Klean Kanteen thermos could not be used – sanitation issues – and of course one must drink a mixed drink with a straw. Next time I will bring a glass jar and see if that will work. But what about the straw? In honor… Read more »
And my last set of two is to Applebees. See my previous comments for the Olive Garden. April 20, 2011 Applebees Restaurant 10172 SE 82nd Ave Happy Valley, OR 97086 Applebees 5330 West Main Street Kalamazoo, MI 49009-3304 Dear Applebees: In honor of Earth Day, I am writing to ask you to change your straw policies. I have noticed that many restaurants, including Applebees, have a habit of serving cold drinks with a straw already in the glass or already unwrapped. The impacts of plastic on the environment, regardless of the size, will contaminate our environment and wildlife for centuries… Read more »
My second two are going to two different Olive Gardens. One is in Oregon and one is in Michigan. I actually don’t go to national chain restaurants at all anymore and the last times I did was last year when I visited family back in Michigan. I noticed that many of the conservation and recycling practices I take for granted in Portland are non-existent back there so I wanted to reach out and put a but in the ear of a restaurant that may not otherwise hear from a different opinion. April 20, 2011 Olive Garden 8700 Se Sunnyside Clackamas,… Read more »
Here’s my first one. I changed the intro to make it more personal but the steps are very well worded so I’m keeping them the same. April 20, 2011 Paddy’s Bar and Grill 65 SW Yamhill Portland, OR 97204 Dear Paddy’s: I stopped into your restaurant last week for a late night dinner. I was very saddened to see that you seem to have a policy of automatically giving straws to the customers when they order cold drinks. I’m not sure if you are aware of how harmful plastic is to the future of our environment but even the simplest… Read more »
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