After hearing about a no-straws movement in Lexington, Sam’s Hot Dog Stand on North Limestone decided to join neighboring restaurants in ditching plastic.
Jenny Tobin, who bought the place about a year ago, has gone to compostable straws, cups and to-go containers.
“We go through lots of cups and lots of straws. We’ve always used the foam cup because it is inexpensive,” she said. She’d always disliked using them but the alternatives were so costly they would mean increasing her prices, which wasn’t a reasonable option.
Then she read about Minglewood owner Trisha Tungate’s “no straw” challenge. Tungate had convinced Corto Lima and Oscar Diggs, both on North Limestone, not to use plastic straws. The challenge was part of a global movement to eliminate tons of plastic waste in oceans.
“The article got me thinking and put some more motivation in me to look into it further and figure out a way to do better,” Tobin said. She found a source online that would sell her bulk cups, straws and lids for an affordable price.
“So Sam’s is ditching the foam cups for paper cups, and foam soup bowls for paper bowls. Also, although we can’t go strawless, I did find a compostable ‘green’ straw that is much better for the environment,” Tobin said. “We will also be adding recycling bins!”
Nearby restaurant Sidebar Grill also has switched from Styrofoam to compostable to-go containers and Lockbox, the restaurant in 21c Museum Hotel has switched to paper straws, too.