This Company is Banning Plastic Straws in Their Cafes and Restaurants
Palo Alto, California - A management company has put their foot down against plastic straws.
The Bon Appétit Management Company will ban plastic straws and stirrers companywide in its 1,000 cafés and restaurants in 33 states. The phase-out has begun and will be completed by September 2019.
Bon Appétit Management Company is the first food service industry in the country to take a stand against the plastic pollutants.
“The plastic problem is horrific,” says Bon Appétit CEO and cofounder Fedele Bauccio. “When I heard the stats and learned how much damage is being done by straws — a product of convenience — my gut reaction was, we have to change this!”
In fiscal 2017, the company purchased 16.8 million plastic straws and almost 420,000 plastic stirrers. (Bon Appétit has long set wooden stirrers as its standard, purchasing 9.1 million of them in fiscal 2017, but until now had not banned the plastic version.) Though no need to worry! Paper straws will be available to guests with physical challenges or who strongly feel they need a straw.
Banning plastic straws is the most recent environmental move for the company following the launch of its Farm to Fork local-purchasing program in 1999 and committing to sustainable seafood in 2002, cage-free shell eggs in 2005, and more.
Bon Appétit hopes to bring attention to the impact of this choice by educating patrons about the damage plastic straws cause to the environment and the nonrenewable resources they use.