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Lexington bars ditching straws to help eliminate plastic in oceans

Every day Americans use and discard up to half a billion plastic drinking straws.
Every day Americans use and discard up to half a billion plastic drinking straws. TNS

A few bars in Lexington have launched their own local “no straw” initiative in an effort to go green.

Trisha Tungate of Minglewood, which has been straw free for about a year, last month challenged her neighboring restaurants on Limestone to try it, with the hashtag “#dontsuckinjanuary.”

Two of the three in her block accepted: Corto Lima switched to biodegradable straws and Oscar Diggs has gone completely straw free, she said.

The bar at Lockbox and all the restaurants in the 21c Museum Hotel chain also switched to paper straws this year, too.

Straws contribute to tons of useless plastic waste each year and many bars around the country have stopped offering straws except by request. A bill proposed in California would make it illegal (and restaurants could be fined up to $1,000) to give out straws unless customers requested them.

Rum maker Bacardi joined the movement to eliminate straws and drinks stirrers.

Tungate said that when Minglewood eliminated the straws about a year ago, people quickly embraced the idea.

“Several reviews online mention it and people are so supportive of it. Now, more and more, when we tell people, they go to the next place and say ‘you can keep that straw.’ Skybar has gone to (straws) upon request only, which I think is a good step for most restaurants,” Tungate said. “If you insist on stirring your drink, we’ll give you a spoon.”

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