Restaurants Are Going Strawless
May 01, 2019
Right in time for Earth Day, and in advance of a recent Suffolk Law banning plastic straws, 12 restaurants in the downtown village of Huntington have signed a “Strawless Pledge.”
In December 2018, local volunteers visited 70 establishments asking owners to make the Pledge to: 1) Go completely strawless OR, 2) Provide biodegradable (paper, bamboo, hay, or other) straws only upon request OR, 3) Provide reusable alternatives to plastic (stainless steel, glass, or other).
An additional 7 restaurants have voluntarily moved in that direction, even without taking a pledge, and five more have expressed interest.
Green Inside and Out, a Huntington-based nonprofit organization, led the campaign to urge Huntington village restaurants to make the switch. The campaign was coordinated with the Huntington High School Environmental Club, Huntington Breast Cancer Action Coalition, the Long Island Sierra Club, Starflower Experiences, Healthy Planet, and Atlantic Marine Conservation Society who all sent volunteers to talk to restaurants and distribute information.
Just last week, the Suffolk County Legislature adopted a law to take effect in January 2020, requiring restaurants to only offer biodegradable straws and stirrers.
The effort emerged through the Single Use Plastics Committee, led by Legislator Kara Hahn, who sponsored the resolution.