Ocean friendly restaurants cut down on waste by skipping out on straws

Ocean friendly restaurants cut down on waste by skipping out on straws
Wilmington restaurants are working to keep the environment cleaner with the "skip the straw" campaign. (Source: WECT)
Wilmington restaurants are working to keep the environment cleaner with the "skip the straw" campaign. (Source: WECT)

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - If there aren't straws sitting out at your favorite restaurant, they may be one of the many involved in a new initiative to help keep our environment clean.

The Plastic Ocean Project, Surfrider Foundation's Cape Fear Chapter and Wrightsville Beach Keep It Clean have teamed up with Wilmington restaurants for a "skip the straw" campaign.

Straws are still available upon request, but this simple, new effort is meant to cut down on waste and prevent the plastic from ending up in our oceans.

"Most people I think are very pleased about it and when they do realize they didn't get a straw and ask for one we tell them about our project," said Blue Surf Cafe Owner Colleen Kochanek. "A lot of people end up not taking a straw and that's great. You don't really need a straw because we have very high standards on how we rinse the glasses and wash them at a certain temperature, so they're clean!"

Nine restaurants are involved in the initiative, including the Blockade Runner Beach Resort, Catch, Ceviche's, Chops Deli, Blue Surf Cafe, Betsy's Crepes, Fat Tony's, Poe's Tavern and Nawab Indian Cuisine.

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