How it Started
We launched our Annapolis Green "Don't Suck. #SipResponsibly" campaign during the 2018 Annapolis Restaurant Week and it was a great success. It was gratifying to see our community join this global movement.
We reached out to restaurants lead the effort by not automatically serving plastic straws. We asking them to retrain staff to offer straws only upon request or to switch to paper straws.
We acknowledge that some people may need flexible straws for medical reasons and we encourage restaurants to make the appropriate accommodation in those instances.
In 2018 we partnered with Leonard Paper and with its initial donation of made-in-USA Aardvark paper straws we supplied several restaurants with a kit that included paper straws along with training materials for staff. We also provided
posters and tent cards for restaurants and cards for patrons to leave at restaurants that were still serving plastic straws.
Now the campaign continues, expanded to engage our community with regard to other types of single-use plastics like bags and beverage bottles. There are many ways you can join in and reduce your plastic footprint -- whether you are a restauranteur or an everyday citizen.
Do you know of another restaurant, bar or coffee show that has gone straw-free or straw on demand only? Let us know!