Friday, April 15, 2011

Earth Day 2011 - Free Glass Straws!

David Leonhardt walks along the beaches of the Mendocino Coastline, occasionally bending down to pick up a piece of trash to carry away with him in an effort to preserve the beauty of this magnificent area. He realizes how futile some would think this simple act is to remove a couple of pieces of trash, when the problem of more trash seems so daunting. Yet, most of David’s philosophies about making the world a better place start with a simple item, a simple act, a simple change in habit. He believes in the power of just starting somewhere… and how a simple, small act can gain momentum and become the catalyst for greater solutions that have a huge impact!

David and Teddy on Mendocino Beach - David is holding a broken plastic oar that he found lying on the beach.

David founded his Company, GlassDharma on the idea and principle of starting with something small, simple and ordinary, a drinking straw! This example of replacing an everyday single-use plastic item with a reusable straw has become a “teaching tool” that inspires many to make a switch toward reducing waste and eliminating the need for plastics in general. His vision of a clean Planet and Healthy environment for all who live here is only attainable if we just start somewhere. Awareness is the key toward action.

For Earth Day 2009, GlassDharma gave away Free Glass Straws. Determined to get 500 free glass straws into the hands (or lips) of those who never considered the impact of “throw away” straws, was David’s goal and he succeeded well beyond that number. Earth Day 2010, he and his wife, Gail Johnson approached Café Gratitude with the idea to co-brand 1000 Glass Straws to give away at their locations. The successful Earth Day project brought together ideas and philosophies of Food and Gratitude linking to a desire for Planet Care.

 As Earth Day 2011 draws near, David turns to his trusted friends and mentors, the Blogger Community who faithfully promotes his Company and products. The group quickly brought forth ideas to expand on the idea of giving away free glass straws and how the “gift” might produce the most impact.

 You are invited to participate in The GlassDharma Free Glass Straw Giveaway for Earth day 2011!

To enter, simply choose a restaurant and write a letter to the managers/owners suggesting they take responsibility for the growing amounts of single use straw trash that is clogging waterways, choking wildlife and littering our entire Planet. The letter is intended to spur thought and contain helpful suggestions of how they can be leaders in the changes that will heal our Earth’s trash problems. Keep in mind there are many people that do not even give a thought to where plastic straws might go to once they are “thrown away” or just how many accumulate over time!
This link will show some example suggestions to restaurants. http://glassdharma.blogspot.com/2010/11/whats-on-menu.html

Here are the steps to take to win a your free GlassDharma Glass Straw and qualify for the Grand Prize of $100.00 Gift Certificate for GlassDharma products:
1) Write and send a letter to a restaurant -- (up to 5 different restaurants for up to 5 free straws)
2) Copy your letter (please include full contact information of the restaurant) into a comment on this blog.
3) Send an email to earthday@glassdharma.com with a copy of your letter and please include the contact info of the restaurant AND your personal contact info so that a free GlassDharma Glass Straw can be mailed to you.
Note: *Contact information for entrants and restaurants must include, full name, mailing address and email address.

A GlassDharma Simple Elegance Glass Straw (SE9.5NA8) will be mailed to each participant directly from the GlassDharma manufacturing facility in Fort Bragg, CA for writing the letter and including the contact information. Yes, each participant gets a free glass straw!  One free straw per entry (limit 5 per participant, one for each letter/restaurant).

 GlassDharma will award one Grand Prize Winner a $100.00 gift certificate coupon code. There will be a few bloggers involved in this project, but only one Grand Prize Winner. Entries will be received through 4/30/2011 and all straws will be shipped between May 2nd and 4th. The Grand Prize drawing will be held on May 4, 2011.


*Participants from USA and Canada only will be eligible for this contest.

 Some additional Earth Day 2011 promotions hosted by GlassDharma include:

Earth Month Special Buy a “Shorty” bamboo straw case and a cleaning brush to receive a free 12mm X 6.25” Shorty” Glass Straw!


Finally, but more importantly GlassDharma reaches out to Japan in this time of great need. David Leonhardt and Gail Johnson are designating 100% of your purchase dollars for a SE9.5x8 inch glass straw to be sent directly to the city of Otsuchi, sister town of the GlassDharma manufacturing facility location - Fort Bragg, California.

Together – we make the difference!


- Happy Earth Day 2011 – from GlassDharma -

note: As the days near the end of our campaign, our comments section has been so busy that there are a few bugs being reported.  If you are having trouble posting in our comments section there are more options:  Please see --> http://glassdharma.blogspot.com/2011/04/500-letters.html
You might want to post your letter in the comments sections of either of these posts OR in any of the featured Bogs listed.  Your letter counts!

49 comments:

  1. This is Mia a friend of Jane Van B
    I did it and sent you an e-mail too!
    These are some excellent restaurants

    Cousin's Incredible Vitality Raw Food
    3038 West Irving Park Road
    Chicago, IL 60618
    (773) 478-6868



    Karyn's Raw

    1901 North Halsted Street
    Chicago, IL 60614-5008
    (312) 255-1590

    Hot Chocolate
    1747 n. Damen Avenue
    Chicago, IL 60647-5508
    (773) 489-1747



    Custom House -
    www.customhouse.cc -

    500 South Dearborn Street,

    Chicago - (312) 523-0200

    metropolis coffee house
    1039 West Granville Ave.
    Chicago, IL 60660


    Dear -------,



    I recently ate at your wonderful restaurant and want to share an idea with you....

    Not all of the portions served in Restaurants are eaten at the table. Taking home leftover portions of uneaten food from the plate has become an acceptable practice. Days gone by one might ask for a “doggie bag”. Over time, Styrofoam cartons and boxes designed to carry home servings of food that guests had not finished eating during the mealtime replaced the “bag”.


    Awareness of the mounting piles of trash accumulating all over our Planet has spurred a new trend; to rethink the impact of what gets used and what is thrown away. Gratefully, many restaurants and their customers have chosen to move away from using single use cartons and carriers for small bits of food left upon one’s plate. The idea? Choose to re-use.


    Customers might opt to bring their own food containers. Establishments might find ways to reward diners that bring their own re-usables with special menu items or special prices for participants. Providing retail space for the purchase of reusable food containers and serve-ware will also encourage this practice. Check out TakeOutWithout.com for some new ideas that are worth considering.


    Restaurant Owners and Chefs often approach our Company about the use of Glass Straws in their businesses. Some have concerns about serving beverages with glass straws due to the incidence of theft. Unfortunatley, a public clientele often includes some that are tempted to take and keep the serve-ware provided which cuts deeply into profits of these businesses.


    The solution?
    Menu Upgrades!






    Reusable containers and serve-ware can be included right into the restaurant menu choices! This idea brings a convenient option with an eco-conscious focus. It encourages personal choices to reduce the incident of excessive waste. Adding a reusable glass straw as a beverage upgrade for a special price will promote the reuse of that same straw by the consumer. Likewise, upgrading the size of a beverage to those that bring their own reusable straw will reward and encourage eco-responsibility.


    Many people still find the practice of re-use as a new frontier of thought. However, as time moves forward there are sure to be many more ideas on the horizon that will flow together and become a beginning of a solution to pollution.


    The Glass straw is something I found recently and thought it would be an edgy addition to your beautiful place. Plus maybe it can be extra revenue!



    Thank you so much for reading and I can't wait to dine with you again!



    Mia Rosado

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  2. Ethos Vegan Kitchen
    1235 N Orange Ave, Suite 101
    Orlando, FL 32804
    407-228-3898
    info@ethosvegankitchen.com

    Hi!

    I came across this really neat idea where restaurants offer a glass straw with a drink as a menu upgrade. For example, Regular OJ $3.00 or OJ upgrade with glass straw, $10.00.
    Another idea is to just sell the straws by themselves up front by the register. Selling these glass straws at the restaurant is a great way to make it convenient for people to ditch the plastic straws!

    You can read about it here: http://glassdharma.blogspot.com/2010/11/whats-on-menu.html

    I hope you consider!



    Sincerely,

    Sara

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  3. The Old Spaghetti Factory
    (703 Douglas Street
    Victoria, BC, V8W 2B4

    110-14200 Entertainment Blvd.
    Riverport Entertainment Complex
    Richmond, BC, V6W 1K3

    4154 Village Green
    Crystal Lodge
    Whistler, BC, V0N 1B4

    #50-8th Street
    New Westminster, BC, V3M 3N8

    53 Water Street
    Vancouver, BC, V6B 1A1)

    Dear Management,

    I am writing you today with a suggestion for Earth Day. Stop using plastic straws. I know it seems like a tough suggestion because of how popular straws are, but they (along with other plastics) contribute to more waste in landfills and the ocean.

    Today I discovered a great product on the internet that can help with this solution, glass straws. I hope you will take a look at glassdharma.com and consider this for your eat-in customer's beverages.

    I have also enclosed a blog article from Glass Dharma with restaurant suggestions for helping prevent excess waste.

    Sincerely,
    Amanda Horne

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  4. Mrs. V’s Restaurant

    855 Rollins Road
    
Round Lake Beach, IL 60073

    847-223-0404
    Email: Vicky@mrsvsrestaurant.com

    El Puerto Mexican Restaurant
    
200 N. Forest Ave.
    
Fox Lake, IL 60020
    847-973-1370
    E-mail: elpuertomexicanrestaurant@yahoo.com

    Paisano's on Broadway
    5614 Broadway
    Richmond, IL 60071
    Phone: 815-678-4500
    E-mail: mangia@paisanosonbroadway.com

    Firewood Restaurant

    2314 N. Route 120

    McHenry, IL 60050

    815-578-9400

    Las Palmas
    209 N. Front St.
    McHenry, IL 60050
    815-385-1800


    Dear Management:

    As a long-time customer, I not only appreciate your food but also the fact that it is served on beautiful, durable dishes, with real flatware and glasses. I know that when I eat at your place, I’ll have a waste-free meal — except for one thing: the disposable plastic straws. I don’t need or want one. But unless I ask the server ahead of time not to bring me one, they stick a straw in my drink automatically, generating plastic waste that will last for thousands of years.

    In honor of Earth Day, I am writing to ask you to change your plastic straw policy.

    Please train your servers to ask customers if they want a straw instead of automatically giving them one. Some people don’t like straws and will appreciate being asked. All others will get a chance to stop and think about whether they actually need this disposable plastic item in the first place. It’s like grocery stores training their employees to ask whether customers want a bag.

    You may even consider participating in an upgrade program, offering customers the opportunity to pay extra for their meal and receive a reusable straw to carry with them. I have been carrying a glass straw from a company called Glass Dharma for the past few years so that I don’t have to waste plastic. On their web site, they describe the Menu Upgrade program for restaurants (http://glassdharma.blogspot.com/2010/11/whats-on-menu.html), which I think is a great idea.

    I do appreciate your restaurant and thank you for the great food and friendly atmosphere.

    Sincerely,

    Chandra

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  5. Dandelion Communitea Café
    618 N. Thornton Ave.
    Orlando, FL 32803
    (407) 574-8313
    http://dandelioncommunitea.com/contact-us/


    Dear Dandelion Communitea Café,

    I have been a long time customer and have always admired how you not only serve great food and drinks but are also such a big part of our community and have done so much for the people and our environment. I would love to see you continue to be a leader by being the first in our area to offer glass drinking straws as an alternative to the plastic ones. I have included an article that gives some great suggestions on how to do this.
    I hope you consider!

    Kind Regards,
    Sara

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  6. Applebee’s
    2328 W. Andrew Johnson Hwy
    Morristown, TN 37814

    O’ Charley’s
    3412 W. Andrew Johnson Hwy
    Morristown, TN 37814

    Ruby Tuesday
    483 S. Davy Crockett Pkwy
    Morristown, TN 37813

    Hillbilly’s Cabin Restaurant
    308 McCrary Dr
    Morristown, TN 37814

    Itako Japenese Steak House
    3408 W. Andrew Johnson Hwy
    Morristown, TN 37814

    Dear Sir or Madam;
    It is a delight to eat in your restaurant. My family has celebrated many occasions with you and looks forward to more celebrating. We enjoy the atmosphere, food and friendly staff. As one who enjoys reduce, reuse, and recycling I came across a product that encourages environmental awareness and wanted to share the possibility to use this product in your restaurant. They are glass straws. The brand that I found specifically were GlassDharma glass straws at http://glassdharma.com/ I thought this was a fantastic product and an out-of-the-box way of encouraging green living with your customers.
    Thank you for your time and consideration. I look forward to any steps made towards wasting less.

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  7. Thanks to our Blog Team participating in our Free Glass Straw - Earth Day 2011 Project, we have counted 178 letters at Noon on 4/20/2011!

    Our team:

    Safer Choices

    My Plastic Free Life

    It Starts With Me

    Sip The World

    Retro Housewife Goes Green

    Clean Eating Chelsey

    Seven In The Ocean

    Recycle Your Day

    Entries will be received through 4/30/2011 and all straws will be shipped between May 2nd and 4th. The Grand Prize drawing will be held on May 4, 2011.

    Thank you for your participation!

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  8. Jaime Marvin
    River Street Music and Cafe
    454 W. Nepessing Street
    Lapeer, MI 48446

    April 19, 2011

    Dear Jaime,

    You probably don’t remember me, but we had a dance class together in Davison years ago. I have kind of been following along with what you’ve been up to through the newspaper. Seems like you’re in there every week, whether for a show you’re doing or another expansion to your business. Congratulations on all that you’ve accomplished at such a young age. It’s pretty impressive!

    I’m writing to you because you seem like a pretty independent soul with a lot of passion, and I wanted to ask you if you’d consider doing something a little different in your River Street Café.

    Most restaurants generate a lot of garbage. Every time I travel south on M-24, I’m haunted by what I call “Mount Trashmore,” the landfill next to the Palace of Auburn Hills. Frankly, it scares me, and several years ago, I decided to make a few changes in my life to try to keep as much trash as possible out of landfills like that one, because even the so-called “biodegradable” stuff doesn’t really go anywhere once it’s been buried there.
    Personally, I’ve eliminated a lot of disposable things in my home and started using reusable replacements. I went to cloth diapers and wipes for my kids, cloth napkins on the dinner table, I compost all our organic kitchen waste, I stopped using paper towels and now use old rags and towels for cleaning, and so on.

    I would like to ask if you would consider making little changes like that to be more eco-friendly in your eatery. You could offer discounts if customers brought in their own take-out and beverage containers, eliminate plasticware, possibly compost your fruit and veggie scraps, you could offer reusable glass straws with drinks (to help recover the cost of purchasing the straws in the first place) and then encourage patrons to bring them back for a discounted refill, and more. (Have you ever thought about how many plastic straws are used around the world every day, and then thrown away to litter the planet? Even eliminating that one small disposable item from your establishment would be a wonderful step in the right direction!)

    There are a number of places online to get ideas for “greening up” your establishment and I would like to urge you to take a look and perhaps think about implementing some of the changes. Here are a couple resources for you to check out:

    The Take Out Without site, dedicated to helping restaurants eliminate disposable waste: http://takeoutwithout.com/

    A glass straw maker: http://glassdharma.com/ (This is where I got the idea to write to you.)

    Jaime, I encourage you to look into making some of these changes in your Café. I wrote to you specifically because I thought you would be likely to take this matter to heart. C’mon! Set a great example for the rest of Lapeer!

    Thanks for your time,
    Krystal Johns
    http://musingsfrommomschool.blogspot.com

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  9. Jeff Ryeson
    E.G. Nick's
    825 S. Main Street
    Lapeer, MI 48446
    (810) 664-6200

    April 19, 2011

    Dear Mr. Ryeson

    You probably don’t remember me, but I spoke to you several years ago when your restaurant flooded. I was a reporter for The County Press at the time. I’m pleased to say I’m also a frequent patron of E.G. Nick’s. My husband and I always get the barbecue ribs for two meal when we have a reason to celebrate, whether it’s an anniversary, a promotion, or sometimes just because!

    I’m writing to you because you own one of the most well-known places in town, and I wanted to ask you if you’d consider doing something a little different in your restaurant.

    Most restaurants generate a lot of garbage. Every time I travel south on M-24, I’m haunted by what I call “Mount Trashmore,” the landfill next to the Palace of Auburn Hills. Frankly, it scares me, and several years ago, I decided to make a few changes in my life to try to keep as much trash as possible out of landfills like that one, because even the so-called “biodegradable” stuff doesn’t really go anywhere once it’s been buried there.
    Personally, I’ve eliminated a lot of disposable things in my home and started using reusable replacements. I went to cloth diapers and wipes for my kids, cloth napkins on the dinner table, I compost all our organic kitchen waste, I stopped using paper towels and now use old rags and towels for cleaning, and so on.

    I would like to ask if you would consider making little changes like that to be more eco-friendly in your restaurant. You could offer discounts if customers brought in their own take-out containers, eliminate plasticware, possibly compost your fruit and veggie scraps, you could offer reusable glass straws with drinks (to help recover the cost of purchasing the straws in the first place) and then encourage patrons to bring them back for a beverage discount, and more. (Have you ever thought about how many plastic straws are used around the world every day, and then thrown away to litter the planet? Even eliminating that one small disposable item from your establishment would be a wonderful step in the right direction!)

    There are a number of places online to get ideas for “greening” up your establishment and I would like to urge you to take a look and perhaps think about implementing some of the changes. Here are a couple resources for you to check out:

    The Take Out Without site, dedicated to helping restaurants eliminate disposable waste: http://takeoutwithout.com/

    A glass straw maker: http://glassdharma.com/ (This is where I got the idea to write to you.)

    Mr. Ryeson, I encourage you to look into making some of these changes at E.G. Nick’s. I wrote to you specifically because I thought you would be likely to take this matter to heart. C’mon! Set a great example for the rest of Lapeer!

    Thanks for your time,
    Krystal Johns
    http://musingsfrommomschool.blogspot.com

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  10. "Lucky" Vasilakis
    Blind Fish
    700 S. Main Stret
    Lapeer, MI 48446

    April 19, 2011

    Dear Mr. Vasilakis,

    I’m writing to you because you own one of the most popular eating establishments in town (for good reason!), and I wanted to ask you if you’d consider doing something a little different in your restaurant.

    Most restaurants generate a lot of garbage. Every time I travel south on M-24, I’m haunted by what I call “Mount Trashmore,” the landfill next to the Palace of Auburn Hills. Frankly, it scares me, and several years ago, I decided to make a few changes in my life to try to keep as much trash as possible out of landfills like that one, because even the so-called “biodegradable” stuff doesn’t really go anywhere once it’s been buried there.
    Personally, I’ve eliminated a lot of disposable things in my home and started using reusable replacements. I went to cloth diapers and wipes for my kids, cloth napkins on the dinner table, I compost all our organic kitchen waste, I stopped using paper towels and now use old rags and towels for cleaning, and so on.

    I would like to ask if you would consider making little changes like that to be more eco-friendly in your restaurant. You could offer discounts if customers brought in their own take-out and containers, eliminate any plasticware, possibly compost your fruit and veggie scraps, you could offer reusable glass straws with drinks (to help recover the cost of purchasing the straws in the first place) and then encourage patrons to bring them back for a discounted refill, and more. (Have you ever thought about how many plastic straws are used around the world every day, and then thrown away to litter the planet? Even eliminating that one small disposable item from your establishment would be a wonderful step in the right direction!)

    There are a number of places online to get ideas for “greening up” your establishment and I would like to urge you to take a look and perhaps think about implementing some of the changes. Here are a couple resources for you to check out:

    The Take Out Without site, dedicated to helping restaurants eliminate disposable waste: http://takeoutwithout.com/

    A glass straw maker: http://glassdharma.com/ (This is where I got the idea to write to you.)

    Mr. Vasilakis, I encourage you to look into making some of these changes at the Blind Fish. I wrote to you specifically because I thought you would be likely to take this matter to heart. After all, the fish out there don’t want to swim in a sea of plastic, and that’s what’s happening due to all the waste we humans are creating. C’mon! Set a great example for the rest of Lapeer!

    Thanks for your time,
    Krystal Johns
    http://musingsfrommomschool.blogspot.com

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  11. Charlie Hilgendorf
    Whitey's
    109 N. State Road
    Davison, MI 48423

    April 19, 2011

    Dear Mr. Hilgendorf,

    I’m writing to you because you are the owner of my favorite restaurant in the world, and I’d like to ask you to consider making some small changes to make that world a better place to live, now and in the future.

    Most restaurants generate a lot of garbage. Every time I travel south on M-24, I’m haunted by what I call “Mount Trashmore,” the landfill next to the Palace of Auburn Hills. Frankly, it scares me, and several years ago, I decided to make a few changes in my life to try to keep as much trash as possible out of landfills like that one, because even the so-called “biodegradable” stuff doesn’t really go anywhere once it’s been buried there.
    Personally, I’ve eliminated a lot of disposable things in my home and started using reusable replacements. I went to cloth diapers and wipes for my kids, cloth napkins on the dinner table, I compost all our organic kitchen waste, I stopped using paper towels and now use old rags and towels for cleaning, and so on.

    I would like to ask if you would consider making little changes like that to be more eco-friendly in your restaurant. You could offer discounts if customers brought in their own take-out and beverage containers, eliminate plasticware, possibly compost your fruit and veggie scraps, you could offer reusable glass straws with drinks (to help recover the cost of purchasing the straws in the first place) and then encourage patrons to bring them back for a discounted refill, and more. (Have you ever thought about how many plastic straws are used around the world every day, and then thrown away to litter the planet? Even eliminating that one small disposable item from your establishment would be a wonderful step in the right direction!)

    There are a number of places online to get ideas for “greening up” your establishment and I would like to urge you to take a look and perhaps think about implementing some of the changes. Here are a couple resources for you to check out:

    The Take Out Without site, dedicated to helping restaurants eliminate disposable waste: http://takeoutwithout.com/

    A glass straw maker: http://glassdharma.com/ (This is where I got the idea to write to you.)

    Mr. Hilgendorf, I encourage you to look into making some of these changes at Whitey’s. I wrote to you specifically because I thought you would be likely to take this matter to heart and also because your restaurant is such a special place to my family. My grandpa, George McNalley, has been coming there since the very beginning, my mother ate 17 pieces of fish in one day (with my help) when she was pregnant with me, I ate there on my wedding day, we had a toast there on the day of my great-grandma’s funeral and we continue to gather there as a family whenever we can all get together. I’m asking you to set a great example and help out all those wonderful little cod you serve. They don’t want to swim around in plastic!

    Thanks for your time,
    Krystal Johns
    http://musingsfrommomschool.blogspot.com

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  12. Francis & Liz Golibart
    SideTracks Bar & Grill
    266 Lake Nepessing Road
    Lapeer, MI 48446

    April 19, 2011

    Dear Mr. and Mrs. Golibart,

    I’m writing to you because Side Tracks Café is fast becoming one of the most talked-about places around town, and I wanted to ask you if you’d consider doing something a little different in your restaurant.

    Most restaurants generate a lot of garbage. Every time I travel south on M-24, I’m haunted by what I call “Mount Trashmore,” the landfill next to the Palace of Auburn Hills. Frankly, it scares me, and several years ago, I decided to make a few changes in my life to try to keep as much trash as possible out of landfills like that one, because even the so-called “biodegradable” stuff doesn’t really go anywhere once it’s been buried there.
    Personally, I’ve eliminated a lot of disposable things in my home and started using reusable replacements. I went to cloth diapers and wipes for my kids, cloth napkins on the dinner table, I compost all our organic kitchen waste, I stopped using paper towels and now use old rags and towels for cleaning, and so on.

    I would like to ask if you would consider making little changes like that to be more eco-friendly in your restaurant. You could offer discounts if customers brought in their own take-out and beverage containers, eliminate plasticware, possibly compost your fruit and veggie scraps, you could offer reusable glass straws with drinks (to help recover the cost of purchasing the straws in the first place) and then encourage patrons to bring them back for a discounted refill, and more. (Have you ever thought about how many plastic straws are used around the world every day, and then thrown away to litter the planet? Even eliminating that one small disposable item from your establishment would be a wonderful step in the right direction!)

    There are a number of places online to get ideas for “greening up” your establishment and I would like to urge you to take a look and perhaps think about implementing some of the changes. Here are a couple resources for you to check out:

    The Take Out Without site, dedicated to helping restaurants eliminate disposable waste: http://takeoutwithout.com/

    A glass straw maker: http://glassdharma.com/ (This is where I got the idea to write to you.)

    I encourage you to look into making some of these changes in your café. I wrote to you specifically because I thought you would be likely to take this matter to heart. I can tell you care about the community. It’s evident through the things you’ve done so far, such as donating proceeds from a special hamburger in Thomas Daley’s name after he passed away. Well, here’s your chance to make a difference for your community once again. Set a great example for the rest of Lapeer!

    Thanks for your time,
    Krystal Johns
    http://musingsfrommomschool.blogspot.com

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  13. El Golfo
    8739 Flower Avenue
    Silver Spring, MD 20901


    Cubanos
    1201 Fidler Lane
    Silver Spring, MD 20901

    Dear ...:

    This Earth Day I’ve started reconsidering the amount of waste and single-use trash generated in my day-to-day activities. Having eaten recently in your establishment, I was happy noting that not only do I appreciate your food but also the fact that it is served on durable dishes, with real flatware and glasses. I know that when I eat at your place, I’ll have a waste-free meal — except for one thing: the disposable plastic straws. I don’t need or want one. But unless I ask the server ahead of time not to bring me one, they stick a straw in my drink automatically, generating plastic waste that will last for thousands of years.
    In honor of Earth Day, I am writing to ask you to change your plastic straw policy.

    1) First, please train your servers to ask customers if they want a straw instead of automatically giving them one. Some people don’t like straws and will appreciate being asked. All others will get a chance to stop and think about whether they actually need this disposable plastic item in the first place. It’s like grocery stores training their employees to ask whether customers want a bag.

    2) Second, if your to-go containers are single-use plastic or, even worse, Styrofoam, consider switching to biodegradable paper containers or compostable corn products. Even better, offer a small discount (a $1 or so) if your customer brings in their own container.

    3) And third, please consider participating in an upgrade program, offering customers the opportunity to pay extra for their meal and receive a reusable straw to carry with them. I have been carrying a glass straw from a company called Glass Dharma for the past few years so that I don’t have to waste plastic. On their web site, they describe the Menu Upgrade program for restaurants (http://glassdharma.blogspot.com/2010/11/whats-on-menu.html), which I think is a great idea.
    I do appreciate your restaurant and hope you will support not only customers like me who strive to live a waste-free life, but also the land and resources we use as we celebrate this Earth Day.

    Sincerely,
    Jess G

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  14. Love this idea of glass straws, since I hate drinking in a restaurant without one! I sent two letters out. Since the gist of my letter was the same, but I personalized them a bit, I am including the portion that was the same here.

    The restaurants:
    Rovali’s Ristorante Italiano
    174 Historic 25th Street
    Ogden, Ut 84401

    Jasoh!
    195 25th St
    Ogden, Utah 84401

    The basic letter:

    Your restaurant has superb food and a trendy atmosphere and I know you are always on the lookout for new ways to make your restaurant stand out. Here is an idea that not only would put you on the cutting edge, but also help the environment: glass straws.

    Such a small action can make a big difference in how
    the public looks at ways to help the Earth and how it perceives your business.

    Likewise, you are probably thinking, such a small item will be subject to theft, just adding to my cost. One way around that is offering the customer an upgrade to their drink or meal – let them pay a little more for the glass straw that they can take home. Another idea, simply sell the glass straws on display with your other great products, like your xxxxxx and xxxxx.

    When customers purchase the straws and reuse them at home, at work, or at restaurants, think of the publicity you will receive, such as when they are asked, “Where did you get that cool straw?”, they will respond with, “At Xxxxx's.” You get free mention in addition to helping to reduce pollution.

    One place to get glass straws is from glass dharma http://www.glassdharma.com/straws.html. They also offer information specifically for restaurant owners and management at: http://glassdharma.blogspot.com/2010/11/whats-on-menu.html

    Note: I have NO affiliation or association with the company except for wanting to reduce plastic and other waste. In the interests of full disclosure, I will receive a free glass straw for sending this letter. BUT, the real cause of sending this letter is to encourage businesses that use a lot of plastic straws to think about the possibility of switching to glass straws or to encourage their customers to bring in their own reusable glass straws.

    Love your restaurant and friendly atmosphere and hope you get a chance to look into this idea,
    Sherry

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  15. Here are the 5 restaurants contact info that I sent it to, and the letter I sent to them (each one got the same letter). I hope it's okay to post all 5 in one comment!

    2011 Bleu Restaurant & Wine Bar
    29 South 8th Street
    Columbia, MO 65201
    http://www.bleucolumbia.com/
    bleurestaurant@gmail.com
    (573) 442-8220


    Shakespeare's Pizza
    225 South 9th Street
    Columbia, MO 65201
    www.shakespeares.com
    info@shakespeares.com
    (573) 449-2454



    Cafe Berlin
    220 North 10th Street
    Columbia, MO 65201
    www.cafeberlincomo.com
    cafeberlincomo@gmail.com
    (573) 441-0400



    Bambino's Italian Cafe
    203 Hitt Street
    Columbia, MO 65201
    www.bambinositaliancafe.com
    jeff.bambinos@gmail.com
    (573) 443-4473



    Sycamore
    800 E. Broadway
    Columbia, MO 65201
    www.sycamorerestaurant.com
    sycamore.restaurant@gmail.com
    (573) 874-8090


    Dear Restaurant Owner,

    Awareness of the mounting piles of trash accumulating all over our Planet has spurred a new trend; to rethink the impact of what gets used and what is thrown away.

    Gratefully, many restaurants and their customers have chosen to move away from using single use cartons and carriers for small bits of food left upon one’s plate. The

    idea? Choose to re-use.

    A really big help, not to mention an intriguing and unique notion, is the GlassDharma Glass Straw! If you're not aware of it, you should be!

    http://www.glassdharma.com/index.html

    Your local patron,

    Scott Gray
    Columbia, MO

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  16. Chef Frank Brough
    The Wave…of American Flavors
    Restaurant at Disney’s Contemporary Resort
    Walt Disney World Guest Communications
    P.O. Box 10040
    Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830-0040
    wdw.guest.communications@disneyworld.com
    conservation@dwcf-rfp.com



    Dear Chef Frank Brough,

    As a regular Disney Parks guest and Walt Disney Company supporter, my two favorite aspects of Disney are attention to detail and the corporate environmental policies. Both of these aspects are very evident in the cuisine and guest experience at The Wave Restaurant at Disney’s Contemporary Resort, making it one of my favorite dining locations on Walt Disney World property. It is for this reason that I am writing to you today, on Earth Day.

    In order to build on The Wave’s reputation of promoting eco-sensitive offerings, such as sustainable fish, and playing host to events promoting organic produce, I am writing to suggest the implementation of glass straws at your restaurant. While I realize glass straws are not a viable option for mass implementation throughout the resort, I cannot think of a better venue to introduce this green product than at your restaurant.

    Sure straws are small, but McDonald’s alone severs approximately 52 million meals a day (as of March 2008). That is 52 millions straws and straw wrappers going into our landfills (if properly disposed of ). While not as large as McDonalds, I’m sure Disney Resorts, Disney Cruise Line and Disney corporate cafeterias are responsible for a large amount of daily straw trash as well.

    I know the cost of initial purchase, cleaning & replacements for glass straws would exceed your current straw costs. For this reason, I suggest a few other ways to promote this type of reduce/reuse mentality. For one, you could sell glass straws at your restaurant – either with or without beverages. You could offer drink upgrades, a soda for $3 or a one with a take-home glass straw for $10. In turn, you could offer discounts for patrons bringing their own reusable glass straws. While I know Walt Disney World Resort serves mainly one time or infrequent guests, I know that your restaurant has a following within the Disney fan community (i.e., high-volume visitors, such as myself).

    Even if straws were not frequently purchased (if you choose to offer them) or discounts often redeemed, just having the glass straw offering/discount policy would go a long way in increasing the restaurant’s and Disney’s commitment to your Environmentality initiative as well as increase the awareness of straw alternatives to guests. Plus, what is more important and Contemporary than conservation?

    In conclusion, I applaud your green efforts to date and encourage you to consider taking a step to reducing straw waste. Please feel free to pass this suggestion on to any other concerned parties. I am also copying the Walt Disney World Conservation Initiatives department, as they may have further insight into the application of this suggestion.

    Thank you and Happy Earth Day,
    Lindsay D

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  17. Ted’s Montana Grill
    133 Luckie Street
    Atlanta, Georgia 30303
    TedsAtlanta@tedsmontanagrill.com


    Dear Management,

    As a regular customer who admires your green initiative to be 99% plastic free, I greatly appreciate your biodegradable take out containers and paper straws. As a Tallahassee resident, I also deeply appreciate your local efforts to install solar panels on your restaurant here in town.

    With that said, I am writing you this Earth Day to offer an additional suggestion to take your commitment to the environment to a new level - glass straws. Glass straws are a step beyond the biodegradable straws you currently use. While I realize the costs for purchase, cleaning and potential replacement cost for “missing” straws would most likely exceed the costs for the current straws, I have a few implementation suggestions.

    Sell reusable glass straws at your restaurants – either at the bar or as an upgrade to beverages (i.e., get a regular lemonade for $3 or upgrade to a drink with a take-home reusable straw for $10). Then offer a discount for customers who bring back their reusable straw – either $1 off or percentage discount off their drink. I know as much as I enjoy your famous lemonade and chocolate shakes, I don’t purchase them every time I visit. If I received a discount for using my own straw, it would help justify that beverage upgrade from my usual water and no dessert.

    You could also offer this bring-your-own-straw discount without selling straws. Either way, this would go a long way in backing up your commitment to our environment and potentially increase revenue from beverage purchases. A definite win-win scenario. In fact, offering a discount for customers bringing their own reusable straws involves little or no upfront costs for your company – post a notice on your website, send an email to your subscribers and inform your staff of the new policy. No need to reprint menus with the offer at this juncture.

    In conclusion, I applaud your green efforts to date and encourage you to consider taking another step to reducing straw waste.

    Thank you and Happy Earth Day,
    Lindsay D

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  18. Whole Foods Headquarters
    re. Green initiative
    550 Bowie St.
    Austin, TX
    78703

    Dear Whole Foods Market, Green Initiative,
    I am currently living close to your Lamar store and I think of getting a fresh mixed juice as a bit of a treat. Unfortunately, it is rather difficult to get one without plastic. My Klean Kanteen thermos could not be used - sanitation issues - and of course one must drink a mixed drink with a straw. Next time I will bring a glass jar and see if that will work. But what about the straw?
    In honor of Earth Day I am writing to ask you to offer a "greener" straw.
    Please consider either offering paper straws in place of the plastic (they can be found at http://www.aardvarkstraws.com). Or, offer glass straws for sale at the counter or as a drink upgrade. Http://glassdharma.blogspot.com/2010/11/whats-on-menu.html Which would be a great idea - they are so sturdy they are guaranteed for life!
    Please let me know what steps you are willing to take. I appreciate the many steps you take to lessen your impact on the environment.
    Melissa Brown
    nekoi_1999@yahoo.com

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  19. Me
    Snack Bar
    1224 South Congress Ave.
    Austin, TX 78704

    Dear Snack Bar,
    I would like to say that I really enjoy going to your restaurant. The people are always friendly, the decor is awesome, and the food is great.
    Because I know you do your part to keep Austin Green I thought you would appreciate knowing a way to reduce your plastic consumption this Earth Day. Plastic straws are so harmful to the environment and animals that zoos sometimes try to ban them. Plus, plastics - even bpa free- can leach harmful chemicals into the food it is in.
    Instead of plastic you could use paper straws: http://aardvarkstraws.com or add an upgrade fee for a reusable glass straw http://glassdharma.blogspot.com/2010/11/whats-on-menu.html
    Let me know what you think!
    Thank you,
    Melissa Brown
    email

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  20. I'm sending this letter to the five restaurants listed below. A few of them don't have email addresses but use online contact forms instead so I wasn't able to include those. (This is a Great idea by the way!):

    Dear ________,

    Did you know that Americans generate an average of 4.3 pounds of trash per person per day? That's 243 million tons of waste per year filling up landfills, being washed into rivers and endangering wildlife.

    As a restaurant, you are in the unique position of being able to help. While on an individual level the single-use straws, plastic cutlery, take-out containers and paper napkins used by many establishments may not seem like much, their impact really adds up. By eliminating just one of those items, you can significantly reduce your restaurant's footprint. Consider that the average American eats out 3.1 times per week. If every one of those people uses a disposable straw each time, that amounts to 50,167,780,624 straws. That's a lot of waste.

    I'm writing to urge you to help tackle this problem by eliminating single-use straws and replacing them with reusable ones like those offered by GlassDharma or encouraging patrons to bring their own for a discount. You could do a similar thing with cutlery, napkins and to-go containers, significantly reducing waste while at the same time setting a positive example for your patrons and the community at large. You may even save money in the long run by cutting back the need for purchases of these materials and reducing trash fees.

    It would also be good for business, as a growing number of people are becoming environmentally conscious in their spending practices: People love to patronize restaurants that show environmental responsibility. I know I do. Thank you for taking the time to read my suggestions. I enjoy dining at your restaurant and look forward to seeing if any of them get implemented.

    Sincerely,

    Jennifer

    Restaurants I'm sending this to:

    1. Jason's Deli
    824 Woods Crossing Road
    Greenville, SC 29607
    No email- contact using online form

    2. Brixx Pizza
    1125 Woodruff Road
    Greenville, SC 29607
    Greenville@brixxpizza.com

    3. Trio -A Brick Oven Café
    22 North Main Street
    Greenville, SC 29601
    info@triocafe.com

    4. Panera Bread
    1922 Augusta St.
    Greenville, SC 29605
    No email: contact with online contact form

    5. Atlanta Bread Company
    200 North Main St.
    Greenville, SC 29601
    Online contact form

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  21. Raven Cafe
    Apt 1, 932 Military Street
    Port Huron, MI 48060-5474


    Chili’s Restaurant
    4305 24th Ave
    Fort Gratiot, MI 48059-3805


    Applebee's Services, Inc.
    11201 Renner Blvd.
    Lenexa, KS 66219


    Quay St. Brewing Company
    330 Quay St.
    Port Huron, MI 48060

    Pompeii’s Pizzeria and Italian Eatery
    1120 Military St.
    Port Huron, Mi 48060

    Dear Restaurant Owner,

    In honor of Earth Day I'm sending letters to some of my favorite dining establishments to let them know of a wonderful opportunity that could help reduce waste.

    Each year billions of straws go into landfills and oceans. The top 2 fast food restaurants generate over 100 MILLION straws per year - and think of how many other establishments use plastic straws! One of my favorite products is GlassDharma's glass straws - they are reusable, non-toxic, and made in the USA!

    GlassDharma's glass straws are made of the same type of glass as Pyrex. They have a lifetime guarantee against breakage, even for restaurant use!

    What does this mean for your establishment? GlassDharma sells wholesale so you could purchase for your establishment. You could also have glass straws available for purchase - or even have a special "upgrade" price for items that include a glass straw (for example, if a drink is $2.50, a drink with glass straw is $8.50 and could also includes one free refill). The addition of GlassDharma straws can create a new revenue stream.

    And glass straws can improve your business! In addition to adding another revenue generating item, your patrons would see you as an eco-friendly business. With "green" living being a huge trend, this will only improve the perception of your establishment.

    For more information on GlassDharma straws, you can find more information on their website. GlassDharma.com

    Thanks for your consideration! Together we CAN make a difference!

    Happy Earth Day!

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  22. Hi!! I wrote to 5 restaurants in my area about using Glass Dharma straws! Below is the copy of the letter I sent and the contact info. for each restaurant.

    To Whom It May Concern,

    I would first like to start off by saying that I absolutely love your restaurant and always have an enjoyable experience when I dine there. I feel that your restaurant is so successful and well liked by the people in Winchester, not only because your food is delicious, but because you continually strive for your establishment and menu to be modern and fresh.

    In honor of Earth Day, I would like to bring your attention towards an environmental issue that restaurants, like yours, have the power to solve. We all know that the huge amount of waste and plastic use from humans is wreaking havoc on our environment. The company Glass Dharma has created a product that can help drastically reduce the amount of plastic waste. They make a line of glass straws, that when used instead of plastic disposable straws, can potentially eliminate the large amount of plastic waste that comes from restaurants and from the food service industry.

    Glass Dharma has an article at glassdharma.blogspot.com/2010/11/whats-on-menu.html that will explain to you their glass straw menu upgrade ideas. Their ideas could actually make using glass straws a possibility for your establishment. I hope that you will read the article and consider using glass straws at you restaurant in the future. Thank you so much for your time.

    Thank You,
    Elizabeth Costa

    Union Jack Pub
    101 North Loudoun Street
    Winchester, VA 22601
    info@theunionjackpub.com

    Patsy's Pastry Pizza
    158 North Loudoun Street
    Winchester, VA 22601
    pppizzas@verizon.net

    One Block West
    25 South Indian Alley
    Winchester, VA 22601
    info@oneblockwest.com

    IJ Canns
    3111 Valley Avenue
    Winchester, VA 22601
    donnakz@yahoo.com

    Village Square Restaurant
    103 North Loudoun Street
    Winchester, VA 22601
    info@villagesquarerestaurant.com

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  23. Hey there! Just wrote to a local restaurant :)
    Here is their contact info and my letter.

    Casa Nueva
    4 W State Street
    Athens, OH 45701
    casa@casanueva.com
    740.592.9724

    Dear Casa,

    I’m writing to you because you are one of the most respected and popular dining establishments here in Athens, and have certainly made great efforts to be as environmentally friendly as possible.

    I understand that as a restaurant, you are forced to generate a large amount of waste, as is simply the nature of your business. I have recently come across one such solution that could be a great step in the right direction.

    As your mission states, you strive to "strengthen the environmental, economic and social well being of our community by promoting wholesome products, democratic participation and responsible business practices." One way you can strengthen this mission would be by offering reusable glass straws with drinks (to help recover the cost of purchasing the straws in the first place) perhaps with incentives such as a free beverage if they return with their straw. While plastic straws may seem like a minimal contributor to the overall waste, eliminating them could serve not only to reduce trash, but also to spark activism and inspired thought about our overuse of disposable items.

    A great idea for implementing glass straws is with a menu upgrade program, as described here: http://glassdharma.blogspot.com/2010/11/whats-on-menu.html but you could certainly explore multiple avenues for introducing this product! Glass Dharma is a great company with a true interest in reducing one's footprint, and although the initial investment may exceed that of your current straw cost- the payback has the potential to be twofold in terms of more returning customers, drawing in more business, and increasing your already high commitment to sustainability.

    I am not affiliated with the company in any way besides being a supporter and advocate for their mission. In the interests of full disclosure, I will receive a free glass straw for sending this letter, but I would be just as likely to do the same without. I strongly hope that it has been worth your time and you will consider this option in the future to improve your already incredibly establishment even further.

    If you would like any more information or clarification I would be happy to continue corresponding with you!

    Thanks for your time,

    Sara Luehring

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  24. Great work everyone!! Keep it up!!

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  25. A variation of this letter was sent to the following 4 restaurants (full letters to follow in email):

    Pelican Pub and Brewery
    PO Box 189
    Pacific City, OR 97135

    The Old Spaghetti Factory
    1735 Jefferson Avenue
    Tacoma, WA 98402

    Alec's By The Sea
    131 E Chance a La Mer Northeast
    Ocean Shores, WA 98569

    Georgie's Beachside Grill
    744 Southwest Elizabeth Street
    Newport, Oregon 97365

    To the managers of the Pelican Pub and Brewery:
    I am writing today, on Earth Day, to express my concern over the growing waste stream produced by both fast-food and sit-down restaurants. I hope you will read this letter, take my concerns to heart, and consider implementing alternatives to this problem.
    In particular, I hope you consider phasing out your use of disposable plastic straws in favor of reusable glass straws like those sold by Glass Dharma. The Pelican Pub is our favorite restaurant along the entire Oregon Coast, and we always stop by from a meal when visiting. We always enjoy our food, the service, and the view, but I leave concerned about the amount of trash generated during my visit. I want to take this opportunity to urge you to consider using fewer disposable items, especially plastic items, in your restaurant.
    Last weekend, I participated in Washington’s annual beach cleanup. Each year when I participate in this event, I find myself picking up an inordinate amount of disposable plastic, including straws and cutlery. I believe it is especially important for an establishment with your proximity to the beach to take care when serving disposable items. The beach is a precious natural and cultural resource, and I care about keeping it pristine.
    Plastic is detrimental to the environment for a number of reasons. It is harmful to wildlife, which can mistake small plastic pieces for food. It is unsightly on beaches. Perhaps worst of all, it never goes away. Plastic “photo-degrades,” meaning it breaks into ever smaller pieces when exposed to the elements, but it cannot dissolve like paper. These microscopic particles of plastic enter our food systems as we consume the fish which consumes the plastic. In a sense, the more plastic we put into our environment, the more we are actually “eating” plastic.
    Implementing the use of glass straws to replace plastic straws may seem like a simple step, but it is a significant one. These straws are heavy duty, rarely break, and over time save restaurants money on disposable straw costs. The message sent by such an action is that individual voices matter, that small steps add up to big change, and that your restaurant is committed to the growing environmental movement. I personally choose to frequent restaurants with a strong environmental stance over one without such a stance.
    Thank you for your time and consideration. If you do choose to consider the step suggested, please let me know. I run an environmental blog called The Green Garbage Project and would happily report your environmental commitment to the activist community.
    Sincerely,

    Amy

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  26. Hello,

    I'm a recent "convert" to the glass straw idea and trying to convert my family and friends. I love this idea (brilliant marketing, too, btw).
    I sent the letter below to these two restaurants: (same letter to both restaurants). I'm going to try to think of some other restaurants that I can send a letter to, too. If I do, I'll post another comment:
    So, far, here's the two I sent.


    1.The Mint

    4246 Oak Lawn Ave.

    Dallas, TX 75219

    214-219-MINT

    customerservice@themintdallas.com



    2.

    Asian Mint

    11617 North Central Expressway, Ste. 135

    Dallas, TX 75243

    214-363-6655


    customerservice@asianmint.com



    Dear Management,

    As a repeat customer, I not only appreciate your food but also the environment in which it is served. I know that when I eat at your place, I’ll have delicious meal, with many gluten free options. However, in honor of Earth Day, I’d like to propose one thing: vastly reducing the use of disposable plastic straws. I don’t need or want one. But unless I ask the server ahead of time not to bring me one, they stick a straw in my drink automatically, generating plastic waste that will last for thousands of years. If every customer in your restaurant uses one plastic straw per day 365 days a year, imagination the waste that goes into the trash year after year after year. This is a small change that I think your customers would like.

    Please train your servers to ask customers if they want a straw instead of automatically giving them one. Some people don’t like straws and will appreciate being asked. I would respect a restaurant that had signage explaining their “ask for a straw because it’s one small “green” step you can take” approach.


    Please also consider an “upgrade program,” in which you offer customers the opportunity to pay extra for their meal and receive a reusable glass straw to carry with them. I have just recently started using glass straws. They’re cool, trendy, “green,” and I think that your clientele would really like the “cool factor” associated with these. Here is an example of an optional upgrade program that explains it much more elegantly than I could: http://glassdharma.blogspot.com/2010/11/whats-on-menu.html. There was a Tex-Mex chain restaurant that back in the 80s had a “souvenir” cup that went with one of their “top shelf” drinks. It was something of a cool status symbol, an “Oh! You have one of those! Cool!” type things to see people with them. It generated buzz and it was brilliant marketing for the restaurant because everybody wanted their own---and you had to go to THAT restaurant to get one. Brilliant.

    I think that the reusable glass straw from your restaurant could be the 2011 “cool” thing to have as a trinket----albeit a very “GREEN” trinket with use and re-usability-----to have.


    I do appreciate your restaurant and thank you for the great food and friendly atmosphere. Thanks for hearing my idea.

    Sincerely,



    Laurie

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  27. Flour Bakery and Cafe
    1595 Washington St
    Boston, MA 02118
    (617) 267-4300
    www.flourbakery.com

    Life Alive
    765 Mass Ave
    Cambridge, MA 02139
    info@lifealive.com

    Clear Conscience Cafe
    581 Massachusetts Ave
    Cambridge, MA 02139
    (617) 661-1580
    www.c3cafe.net

    Peace o' Pie
    487 Cambridge St
    Boston, MA 02135
    (617) 787-9884
    www.peaceopie.com/

    Dear Management:

    Ever since moving to Boston, I have enjoyed the yummy food at your restaurant. I know that you strive to give your patrons delicious food and good service, so I hope you will take a few minutes to read about a great idea that I read about at one of my favorite food blogs.

    Have you heard of reusable glass straws? Single use plastic straws end up in landfills and oceans, leaching toxins and general badness. In honor of Earth Day, you should consider incorporating glass straws into your restaurant.

    Not only can you help to reduce your negative impact on the environment, but glass straws can also be a new source of revenue for you! You could sell the straws with drinks as an upgrade (eg $3 for a regular OJ, $10 for regular OJ with reusable glass straw). Or you could offer discounts or free upgrades to larger drinks for people who bring in their own glass straw.

    For more information about glass straws, visit Glass Dharma's website here: http://glassdharma.com/ . These straws are so sturdy that they come with a lifetime guarantee!

    I get the feeling that many of my fellow customers would love this idea – I know I do, and I'm a pretty typical Boston resident. I've never heard of glass straws before nor seen them anywhere in Boston. Don't you want to be ahead of the curve by offering these in your fabulous restaurant?

    Thank you so much for your time!

    Sincerely,
    SE

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  28. I wrote to 5 resturants in the Waco, TX area!!

    Sammy Citrano
    George’s Restaurant
    925 Speight Ave.
    Waco, TX 76706

    254-753-1421

    FreeBirds World Burrito
    Headquarters
    6475 Christie Ave, Suite 300
    Emeryville, CA 94608

    Cracker Barrel Old Country Store
    PO Box 787
    Lebanon, TN 37088-0787
    (800) 333-9566

    Buffalo Wild Wings
    4225 Franklin Avenue
    Waco, TX 76710-6905
    254-751-9696

    Baris
    904 N Valley Mills Dr
    Waco, TX 76710
    254-772-2900


    As a satisfied customer, I not only appreciate your food but also the fact that it is served on durable dishes, with real flatware and glasses. We love your food and the family friendly atmosphere. However, one of my concerns is the disposable plastic straw that is provided with drinks. These plastic straws are used once and then end up in a landfill forever.

    In honor of Earth Day, I am writing to ask you to change your plastic straw policy.

    1) First, please train your servers to ask customers if they want a straw instead of automatically giving them one. This allows the customer to make the decision if they want a straw or not. On one occasion I was asked, and I really appreciated it. Most of the time straws are provided and if a refill on a drink is given a NEW straw is provided, which is extremely wasteful.
    2) Second, I realize that there are customers that will still want and need a straw. I would LOVE it if you made a switch to paper straws. Yes, they are still disposable, but at least they are compostable and will not last in the environment, potentially harming wildlife. One company that offers paper straws is Aardvark (http://www.aardvarkstraws.com).
    3)Third An excellent way to show your company’s commitment to the environment, as well as, providing an invaluable service to your customers is to participate in an upgrade program, offering customers the opportunity to pay extra for their meal and receive a reusable straw to carry with them. A company called Glass Dharma makes remarkable reusable straws and they also offer a Menu Upgrade Program for restaurants (http://glassdharma.blogspot.com/2010/11/whats-on-menu.html).

    As I have said, my entire family enjoys your restaurant and would greatly appreciate you restaurant making this simple change for the environment.

    Sincerely,
    Erin Flood

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  29. April 27, 2011
    Attention: Store Owners

    I enjoy dinning out, It’s a joy having someone else prepare my food knowing it took no effort from me whatsoever except that first five minutes where I pick what I’m going to have. I know the restaurant business can be tough, trying to decide what to put on the menu, how much to charge for it and still be able to actually create a profit.
    Restaurants are very good at providing me with plenty of food, so much so that I have to take it home (I could just leave it to be tossed but that seems far to wasteful). So typically I am sent home with a little Styrofoam box, sometimes I get lucky and get a paper box, or VERY rarely I get a cool compost able container. When I do am I excited.
    I am not an extremist, but I try to reuse things whenever I can. It makes me feel great knowing I am not being wasteful. I bring my own grocery bags to the store, and carry my own refill able water bottle everywhere I go. I even fill it with soda, and tea when I purchase it at a restaurant.
    I would love it if the restaurants I frequent on an ongoing bases made more of an effort to provide earth friendly or reusable options for it’s customer base. One idea is to sale reusable options for those who forget there’s or would like to start a new practice. You could even provide these on the menu for purchase. It would leave the costumer with something lasting to remember the restaurant by, provided the reusable is semi unique.
    Glass is my preference and with the dangers of plastic it seems like the best option. Something very unique are glass straws! They are certainly reusable and while the risk of theft may be too high to employ them in every drink served, they could certainly be a menu option! The customer could order their drink with or without a glass straw and then get to take it home and bring it in next time!
    A discount of some sort, or perhaps an upgrade from one size or another, or a free menu item ect. could be offered to help encourage people to bring in there own reusable containers, possibly even the ones they bought at your restaurant.
    The glass straws would certainly add a unique elegance to any drink being served and customers would see these and become curious. It would be something special and memorable about your restaurant. Check out glassdharma.com for a huge selection of glass straws and please consider selling glass straws for the customers who would like a longer lasting non-plastic solution with their beverage.


    Sincerely,

    Amber Lamb

    Cafe Med
    4809 Stockdale Hwy
    Bakersfield CA 93309
    661-834-4433

    Flame & Skewers
    5482 California Avenue
    Bakersfield, CA 93309
    661-328-0900

    Tahoe Joe's Famous Steakhouse
    90000 Ming Avenue
    Bakersfield, CA 93311
    661-664-8723

    Frugatti's
    600 Coffee Rd #L
    Bakersfield Ca 93309
    661-836-2000

    Sorella Ristorante Italiano
    7800 Mcnair Court
    Bakersfield, CA 93313
    661-396-8603

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  30. I wrote to 5 restaurants in the Indianapolis area. :)

    St. Elmo Steak House
    127 S. Illinois St.

    Indianapolis, IN. 46225

    317.635.0636
    Cclifford@stelmos.com
    stelmos.com

    Kazablanka Grill & Bar
    5801 Rockville Road
    Indianapolis, IN 46224
    317.244.7638
    mgmt@kazaindy.com
    www.kazaindy.com

    Eagle’s Nest – Hyatt Regency Indianapolis
    1 South Capitol Avenue
    Indianapolis, IN 46204
    kayci.voegerl@hyatt.com
    http://www.indianapolis.hyatt.com/hyatt/hotels/entertainment/index.jsp

    Scotty’s Brewhouse
    1 Virginia Avenue
    Indianapolis, Indiana 46204
    317-571-0808
    swise@scottysbrewhouse.com
    http://www.scottysbrewhouse.com/locations/indianapolis-downtown

    The Rathskeller
    401 East Michigan St.
    Indianapolis, IN 46204
    (317) 636-0396
    rathskel@flash.net
    www.rathskeller.com


    Dear Restauranteur,
    Awareness of the mounting piles of trash accumulating all over our planet has spurred a new trend; to rethink the impact of what gets used and what is thrown away. The plastic straws you provide daily in your restaurant to customers create a daunting amount of waste in our already-overcrowded landfills. Plus, Bisphenol A (BPA), a toxic chemical in plastic straws, has been linked to a number of health problems, including breast cancer and birth defects. I would like share a simple idea that would help reduce waste: switch to Glass Dharma’s drinking straws.
    Glass Dharma is a California-based company that manufactures a variety of high-quality, eye-catching glass drinking straws. Made of borosilicate tubing, the strongest glass commercially available, Glass Dharma’s straws are microwave/dishwasher safe, backed by a 100% satisfaction guarantee and come with a lifetime guarantee against breakage. Best of all, they are an environmentally friendly and beautiful addition to any table setting.
    Offering an alternative to plastic drinking straws is a small, simple and elegant change that could have a big impact on the environment. To explore Glass Dharma’s products and receive more information about using their straws in your restaurant, email info@glassdharma.com or visit their website at http://www.glassdharma.com.
    Taking small steps like using glass drinking straws – or offering them as a menu upgrade, or doing things like offering re-useable take-home containers will make a measurable difference in the quality of the Earth’s future.

    Thank You,

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  31. CI Shenanigans
    3017 Ruston Way
    Tacoma, WA 98402
    Beth Bowden
    31306 44th Ave E
    Eatonville, WA 98328

    Dear Managers at CI Shenanigans,
    I am writing to you today in the hope that you will consider a suggestion. I had come across a company called Glass Dharma who manufactures glass straws to replace its plastic counterpart. After reading how one simple act of replacing plastic straws can help our environment, I thought how neat it would be for restaurants to join this really wonderful act of environmentalism. I would like CI Shenanigans to consider phasing out its plastic straw use in favor of a “kinder to the planet” option.

    Please consider this: as posted on Glass Dharma’s website, “as of March 2008 McDonald’s serves an average of 52 million meals per day” (per McDonald’s website). You can imagine that most of those meals were served with a single use plastic straw. This is just one company per day! By taking a simple act of replacing one piece of plastic off the menu, it would have a huge impact and lead to more consumer awareness.

    Why should we (you) care? Plastic is very harmful not only to the planet in which these straws end up being thrown in our waterways and roads, but the plastic never fully degrades. Plastic over time photo-degrades, breaking down into smaller and smaller pieces when exposed to the elements, which is often mistaken for food by animals. We then consume these animals for our food, and in turn we ourselves have ingested plastic. As a restaurant of fine quality dining (whose establishment I have visited) that serves delicious seafood, I am sure you are concerned about the environment too. I feel that if companies such as you who have a high reputation consider this one small step into a greener dining experience, more companies would follow suit, and many diners are looking for restaurants with a strong environmental stance. Plus, they straws are really quite elegant!

    Thank you for your time and consideration.

    Most sincerely,

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  32. Awesome Sushi
    2601 Clark Avenue
    Long Beach, CA 90815
    (562) 627-9625
    Dear Manager,

    As a long-time customer, I not only appreciate your food but also the fact that it is served on reusable durable dishes, with real flatware and glasses. I know that when I eat at Awesome Sushi, I’ll have a waste-free meal — except for one thing: the disposable plastic straws. I have never been fond of the use of straws in general and now that I know how much plastic waste they cause I am even more vigilant about my family not using them. Because of that knowledge, our family of five doesn’t need or want straws. But unless I ask the server ahead of time not to bring us straws, they give us straws automatically, generating plastic waste that will last for thousands of years.

    In honor of Earth Day last week, I am writing to ask you to change your plastic straw policy.

    1) First, please train your servers to ask customers if they want a straw instead of automatically giving them one. Some people don’t like straws and will appreciate being asked. All others will get a chance to stop and think about whether they actually need this disposable plastic item in the first place.

    2) Second, I would love it if you’d switch to paper straws for those customers who request one. Yes, they are still disposable, but at least they are compostable and will not last in the environment, potentially harming wildlife. One company that offers paper straws is Aardvark (http://www.aardvarkstraws.com).

    3) And third, please consider participating in an upgrade program, offering customers the opportunity to pay extra for their meal and receive a reusable straw to carry with them. There is a U.S. company called Glass Dharma. On their web site, they describe the Menu Upgrade program for restaurants (http://glassdharma.blogspot.com/2010/11/whats-on-menu.html), which I think is a fantastic idea.

    Thank you for your time and I look forward to visiting Awesome Sushi again soon. I would love a response letting me know what steps you are willing to take. Our entire family loves Awesome Sushi, we especially appreciate the mouthwatering food and friendly atmosphere.


    Sincerely,
    A conscientious customer.

    Barnaby’s of America
    15 South High Street
    West Chester, PA 19382
    (610) 696-1400

    Bonefish Grill, Exton
    460 W. Lincoln Highway, Exton, PA 19341
    Phone: (610) 524-1010

    Classic Diner
    352 Lancaster Ave.
    Malvern, PA 19355
    (610) 725-0515

    West Chester Diner
    1147 West Chester Pike
    West Chester, PA 19382-5000
    (610) 692-9000

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  34. Dear Manager,

    As a long-time customer, I not only appreciate your food but also the fact that it is served on reusable durable dishes, with real flatware and glasses. I know that when I eat at Melt, I’ll have a waste-free meal — except for one thing: the disposable plastic straws. I have never been fond of the use of straws in general and now that I know how much plastic waste they cause I am even more vigilant about my family not using them. Because of that knowledge, our family of five doesn’t need or want straws. But unless I ask the server ahead of time not to bring us straws, they give us straws automatically, generating plastic waste that will last for thousands of years.

    In honor of Earth Day last week, I am writing to ask you to change your plastic straw policy.

    1) First, please train your servers to ask customers if they want a straw instead of automatically giving them one. Some people don’t like straws and will appreciate being asked. All others will get a chance to stop and think about whether they actually need this disposable plastic item in the first place.

    2) Second, I would love it if you’d switch to paper straws for those customers who request one. Yes, they are still disposable, but at least they are compostable and will not last in the environment, potentially harming wildlife. One company that offers paper straws is Aardvark (http://www.aardvarkstraws.com).

    3) And third, please consider participating in an upgrade program, offering customers the opportunity to pay extra for their meal and receive a reusable straw to carry with them. There is a U.S. company called Glass Dharma. On their web site, they describe the Menu Upgrade program for restaurants (http://glassdharma.blogspot.com/2010/11/whats-on-menu.html), which I think is a fantastic idea.

    Thank you for your time and I look forward to visiting Melt again soon.

    Michelle

    Sent to:
    Melt Eclectic Deli
    4165 Hamilton Ave
    Cincinnati, OH 45202
    meltnorthside@gmail.com

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  35. I wrote to 4 restaurants in the St. Paul/Minneapolis area!

    Dear Manager,

    As a long-time customer, I not only appreciate your food but also the fact that it is served on reusable, durable dishes. I know that when I eat at the Edina Grill, I’ll have a waste-free meal — except for the disposable plastic straws. I have never been fond of the use of straws in general, and now that I know how much plastic waste they cause I am even more vigilant about not using them. Because of that knowledge, my family doesn’t need or want plastic straws. However, I know that some people do prefer to drink from a straw, so, in honor of Earth Day this month, I am writing to ask you to change your plastic straw policy.

    First, please consider asking patrons whether or not they'd like a straw before bringing out drinks--some people don't like straws and would appreciate the option, and others would have a chance to think about whether they really want this disposable plastic item.

    Second, please consider switching to disposable paper straws instead of disposable plastic straws. Yes, they are still disposable, but paper straws are compostable and won't lurk in the environment and landfills for years and years. There is a company called Aardvark that makes these straws (www.aardvarkstraws.com).

    And finally, please consider participating in a straw upgrade program, offering customers the opportunity to pay extra and receive a reusable straw to carry with them. There is a U.S. company called Glass Dharma. On their web site, they describe the Menu Upgrade program for restaurants (http://glassdharma.blogspot.com/2010/11/whats-on-menu.html), which I think is a fantastic idea.

    Thank you for your time and I look forward to visiting the Edina Grill again soon. I would love a response letting me know what steps you are willing to take. My family loves your food and atmosphere and I'd be really excited to see a drastic cut in plastic straw waste!

    Thanks for your consideration!


    Sent to:

    Groveland Tap
    1834 St Clair Ave
    St Paul MN, 55105
    Tel: 651-699-5058
    info@grovelandtap.com

    Edina Grill
    5028 France Ave S
    Edina MN, 55424
    Tel: 952-927-7933
    info@edinagrill.com

    Highland Grill
    771 Cleveland Ave S
    St Paul MN, 55116
    Tel: 651-690-1173
    info@highlandgrill.com

    Longfellow Grill
    2990 West River Parkway
    Minneapolis MN, 55406
    Tel: 612-721-2711
    info@longfellowgrill.com

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  36. April 28, 2011

    Surf House
    604 N. Lake Park Blvd.
    Carolina Beach, NC 28428

    Dear Surf House,

    Not sure if this is something you could use, but knowing your commitment to eco friendly goods, thought I’d pass it your way: glass straws! It might be fun to sell to bring awareness to more of your eco practices.

    I haven’t tired one myself, but here is the website: www.glassdharma.com

    See you soon,
    Dori Schoonmaker

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  37. Here is a list of the 5 restaurants to whom I sent a letter. I sent them all the same letter, so I hope it is ok to list them all here together.

    Brixx Wood Fired Pizza
    General Manager: Rae Ashley
    Email: blakeney@brixxpizza.com
    9820 Rea Road #F
    Charlotte, NC 28277
    (704) 940-2011
    Website: www.brixxpizza.com

    Firebirds Woodfired Grill
    Owners: Dennis L. Thompson and S. Douglas Glendenning
    7716 Rea Road
    Charlotte, NC 28277
    (704) 752-7979 www.firebirdsrestaurants.com

    Fox & Hound Smokehouse/Tavern
    General Manager: Delk Haigler
    15235 John J. Delaney Drive
    Charlotte, NC 28277
    (704) 541-0708
    http://www.foxandhound.com/locations/charlotte-ballantyne.aspx

    Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill
    General Manager: Eric Steilberger
    5110 Piper Station Drive
    Charlotte, NC 28277
    (704) 341-0021
    www.applebees.com

    Cracker Barrel Old Country Store
    General Manager: John Koger Email: guestrelations@crackerbarrel.com 123 Regency Center Drive
    Mooresville, NC 28117
    (704) 660-6314
    Website: www.crackerbarrel.com


    Dear (Manager/Owner's name),

    I am one of your loyal patrons and hope you take the time to read this letter in regards to my concern. Every year we celebrate Earth Day. Its purpose is to remind each one of us that it is our responsibility to help keep our planet clean for future generations. Recycling is important, but there are also ways to prevent trash in the first place. Take, for instance, something as common as a plastic drinking straw. These are used one time and then tossed in the trash without a second thought. How many of these straws does your restaurant throw away each day? They just end up in our landfills or clogging our streams. This Earth Day, I learned about a new product to help prevent some of this trash from polluting our environment. Please consider replacing your single-use disposable straws for reusable GlassDharma Glass Straws. They have a lifetime guarantee against breakage, are dishwasher and microwave safe, handmade in the USA, safe and kid friendly. If you are worried about the theft of these glass straws, you could sell them as a menu upgrade or at the checkout, and then offer the customer a beverage discount every time they bring it back with them to use at your restaurant. Here is the website, so you can see for yourself http://glassdharma.blogspot.com/2010/11/whats-on-menu.html. Besides the benefit to our environment, I’m sure it would be more cost effective to wash reusable straws than buying plastic straws for years to come. Just think how much trash we could keep out of our landfills if every restaurant started using these! Please be a leader in this new movement to help keep our planet clean. Thank you for your thoughtful consideration.

    Sincerely,

    Avis Ervin

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  38. In N’ Out
    Corporate Office
    4199 Campus Dr. 9th Fl.
    Irvine, CA 92612





    Dear In N’ Out,
    Everyone in my family has mailed letters to local restaurants to persuade them to switch to paper straws rather than plastic or compostable ones, but I thought that I could make a bigger change and write to a larger restaurant with 258 locations.
    You could make such a huge change with what goes into the landfill and what ends up floating in the ocean if you switched to paper straws. It would also get a lot of people thinking about how much plastic we waste every day.

    Why not “Compostable” straws? All bioplastics/cutlery/cups/clamshells can only be composted at specific facilities (not local sanitary services). So unfortunately, unless one is contracted with a company that will come and pick up these items separately from the recycling/trash, all bioplastics go to landfill (they are hand picked out of recycling if they accidentally end up in that bin and from there they are shipped to landfill).

    It would be one thing if these items were able to “break down” in the landfill, but they aren’t designed to compost this way and quite unfortunately don’t help our plastics problem. I was really disappointed to learn this!

    Offer paper straws as an alternative to corn-based or plastic straws.
    www.aardvarkstraws.com

    Consider participating in an upgrade program, offering customers the opportunity to pay extra for their meal and receive a reusable glass or stainless steel straw to use at home (my family keeps them in the glove box for meals out).
    Glass Dharma is offering this upgrade program for their glass straws.
    http://glassdharma.blogspot.com/2010/11/whats-on-menu.html)

    Thanks so much for taking the time to read this. I’d be happy to help you in any way I can!
    Sincerely,

    Ian (7th Grade)
    White Hill Middle School

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  39. Here are the 4 restaurants that I sent out letters to. I personalized each letter, but have posted a more general one here to save space.
    Lynn Winter@
    Lynn’s Paradise Café
    984 Barret Ave,
    Louisville, KY 40204-2063
    (502) 410-3849

    Proof on Main
    702 W. Main St
    Louisville, KY 40202
    502-217-6360

    J. Alexander’s
    102 Oxmoor Ct,
    Louisville, KY 40222-5432
    (502) 339-2206

    Thad Mattingly @
    Rivue Restaurant and Lounge
    140 North Fourth Street
    Louisville, KY 40202
    502.568.4239




    Dear Management,

    I would like to start by saying how much I enjoy dining in your establishment. I have noticed that you like to be trendy, and always one step in front of the rest when it comes to taking care of our planet. So, in honor of Earth Day this month, I am writing to ask you to consider changing your plastic straw policy.

    First, please consider asking patrons whether or not they'd like a straw before bringing out drinks--some people don't like straws and would appreciate the option, and others would have a chance to think about whether they really want this disposable plastic item.

    Second, please consider switching to disposable paper straws instead of disposable plastic straws. Yes, they are still disposable, but paper straws are compostable and won't lurk in the environment and landfills for years and years. There is a company called Aardvark that makes these straws (www.aardvarkstraws.com).

    And finally, please consider participating in a straw upgrade program, offering customers the opportunity to pay extra and receive a reusable straw to carry with them. There is a U.S. company called Glass Dharma. On their web site, they describe the Menu Upgrade program for restaurants (http://glassdharma.blogspot.com/2010/11/whats-on-menu.html), which I think is a fantastic idea.
    These are just a few ideas that could set you ahead of the rest when it comes to going green and saving our planet.

    Thank you and Happy Earth Day,
    Ashley B.

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  40. TThank you so much for doing this!! I think it would be great to mail a sample straw (or multiple styles) to the restaurants too. To minimize spam to the restaurants, I added a space in their email addresses.

    1. TeddyFabz
    Teddy Spears, Owner
    663 Lake Cook Road
    Deerfield, IL 60015
    Phone: 847-498-5656
    www.teddyfabz.com - online contact form


    2. The Claim Company
    Owners: Arnie Krause, Michael Holleb and Ted Holleb
    2000 Northbrook Court
    Northbrook, IL 60062
    847-291-9111
    info@ theclaimcompany.com
    http://theclaimcompany.com

    3. Di Pescara
    chef-partner Mychael Bonner
    2124 NORTHBROOK COURT

    NORTHBROOK, IL 60062
    
(847) 498-4321
    DiPescara@ leye.fbmta.com
    www.di-pescara.com - online contact form

    4. Bob Chinn's Crab House
    Bob Chinn - owner
    393 South Milwaukee Ave
    Wheeling, IL 60090
    847-520-3633
    http://www.bobchins.com/
    info@ bobchinns.com

    5. The Zodiac
    Chicago - Northbrook
    Manager & Executive Chef - Ms. Marijke Neely
    Neiman Marcus
    5000 Northbrook Court
    Northbrook, IL 60062
    847.509.6750
    Marijke_Neely@ neimanmarcus.com
    http://www.neimanmarcus.com/store/info/store.jhtml?storeId=09/NB&rest=200027


    Dear xxxx,

    As a regular diner, I know your restaurant has superb food and a wonderful atmosphere. I would also imagine you are always on the lookout for new ways to make your restaurant stand out. Here is an idea that not only would put you on the cutting edge, but also help the environment: glass straws.

    In honor of Earth Day 2011, I am writing to ask you to change your plastic straw policy. Such a small action can make a big difference in how the public looks at ways to help the Earth and how it perceives your business.

    Likewise, you are probably thinking, such a small item will be subject to theft, just adding to my cost. One way around that is offering the customer an upgrade to their drink or meal – let them pay a little more for the glass straw that they can take home. Another idea, simply sell the glass straws on display with other great products.

    When customers purchase the straws and reuse them at home, at work, or at restaurants, think of the publicity you will receive, such as when they are asked, “Where did you get that fabulous straw?”, they will respond with, “At XXXX!” You get free publicity in addition to helping to reduce pollution.

    One place to get glass straws is from “glass dharma” at glassdharma.com. I personally own these straws and love them! They also offer helpful ideas and information specifically for restaurant owners and management at: glassdharma.blogspot.com/2010/11/whats-on-menu.html

    I hope you get a chance to look into this unique and Earth friendly idea.

    Sincerely,

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  41. http://www.mimiscafe.com/

    Mimi’s Cafe General Office:
    18872 MacArthur Blvd., Suite 400
    Irvine CA 92612
    949.825.7000 | 866.616.MIMI (6464)

    My favorite location:
    19710 NORDHOFF PL.
    CHATSWORTH, CA 91311


    In honor of Earth Day, I am writing to ask you to change your plastic straw policy. As one of my favorite restaurants I appreciate all you have done to make my dining experience a great one.
    I would like to talk about plastic straws. I’ve become more and more concerned with plastics, and everywhere I turn, it’s there! We are truly over run with plastics. Not only are there health concerns with plastic, but they really are terrible for our environment too.
    I am suggesting you train your servers to ask customers if they want a straw instead of automatically giving them one. Some people, me being one of them, do not like straws and would appreciate being asked. Maybe others will stop and think about whether they actually need this disposable plastic item in the first place. It’s like grocery stores training their employees to ask whether customers want a bag. (We have come so far concerning plastic bags.)
    I currently use Glass Dharma straws in my home and they have come up with an amazing concept. An upgrade program offering customers the opportunity to pay extra for their meal and receive a reusable straw to carry with them. (A majority of us carry our cloth bags, why not a glass straw.) Glass Dharma describes the Menu Upgrade program for restaurants (http://glassdharma.blogspot.com/2010/11/whats-on-menu.html), which I think is a great idea.

    I would appreciate you taking a moment to view the above web page and see if this is something my favorite restaurant might want to implement. I think it would be amazing to walk into my favorite restaurant and have the server ask if I would like a straw or not. To be asked if I would like a “glass” straw would just make my day!!
    I hope you will be the first restaurant to implement one or both of the above concepts. Once again, thank you for being one of my favorite restaurants. I look forward to many more great meals.

    Thank you.

    Dynamics

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  42. http://www.olivegarden.com/

    Olive Garden
    P.O. Box 695107
    Orlando, Florida 32869-9901
    Fax: 407-241-6297
    By telephone, we can be reached Monday - Friday between the hours of 10am - 4pm Eastern time at 800-331-2729

    In honor of Earth Day, I am writing to ask you to change your plastic straw policy. As one of my favorite restaurants I appreciate all you have done to make my dining experience a great one.
    I would like to talk about plastic straws. I’ve become more and more concerned with plastics, and everywhere I turn, it’s there! We are truly over run with plastics. Not only are there health concerns with plastic, but they really are terrible for our environment too.
    I am suggesting you train your servers to ask customers if they want a straw instead of automatically giving them one. Some people, me being one of them, do not like straws and would appreciate being asked. Maybe others will stop and think about whether they actually need this disposable plastic item in the first place. It’s like grocery stores training their employees to ask whether customers want a bag. (We have come so far concerning plastic bags.)
    I currently use Glass Dharma straws in my home and they have come up with an amazing concept. An upgrade program offering customers the opportunity to pay extra for their meal and receive a reusable straw to carry with them. (A majority of us carry our cloth bags, why not a glass straw.) Glass Dharma describes the Menu Upgrade program for restaurants (http://glassdharma.blogspot.com/2010/11/whats-on-menu.html), which I think is a great idea.

    I would appreciate you taking a moment to view the above web page and see if this is something my favorite restaurant might want to implement. I think it would be amazing to walk into my favorite restaurant and have the server ask if I would like a straw or not. To be asked if I would like a “glass” straw would just make my day!!
    I hope you will be the first restaurant to implement one or both of the above concepts. Once again, thank you for being one of my favorite restaurants. I look forward to many more great meals.

    Thank you.

    Dynamics

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  43. http://www.bjsbrewhouse.com

    BJ's Restaurants, Inc.
    Attn: Guest Relations
    7755 Center Ave, Suite 300
    Huntington Beach, CA 92647


    In honor of Earth Day, I am writing to ask you to change your plastic straw policy. As one of my favorite restaurants I appreciate all you have done to make my dining experience a great one.
    I would like to talk about plastic straws. I’ve become more and more concerned with plastics, and everywhere I turn, it’s there! We are truly over run with plastics. Not only are there health concerns with plastic, but they really are terrible for our environment too.
    I am suggesting you train your servers to ask customers if they want a straw instead of automatically giving them one. Some people, me being one of them, do not like straws and would appreciate being asked. Maybe others will stop and think about whether they actually need this disposable plastic item in the first place. It’s like grocery stores training their employees to ask whether customers want a bag. (We have come so far concerning plastic bags.)
    I currently use Glass Dharma straws in my home and they have come up with an amazing concept. An upgrade program offering customers the opportunity to pay extra for their meal and receive a reusable straw to carry with them. (A majority of us carry our cloth bags, why not a glass straw.) Glass Dharma describes the Menu Upgrade program for restaurants (http://glassdharma.blogspot.com/2010/11/whats-on-menu.html), which I think is a great idea.

    I would appreciate you taking a moment to view the above web page and see if this is something my favorite restaurant might want to implement. I think it would be amazing to walk into my favorite restaurant and have the server ask if I would like a straw or not. To be asked if I would like a “glass” straw would just make my day!!
    I hope you will be the first restaurant to implement one or both of the above concepts. Once again, thank you for being one of my favorite restaurants. I look forward to many more great meals.

    Thank you.

    Dynamics

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  44. http://www.redrobin.com

    To Contact Our Corporate Headquarters For General Inquiries
    Red Robin Gourmet Burgers
    6312 S. Fiddlers Green Cir., #200N
    Greenwood Village, CO 80111
    Phone: 303-846-6000

    In honor of Earth Day, I am writing to ask you to change your plastic straw policy. As one of my favorite restaurants I appreciate all you have done to make my dining experience a great one.
    I would like to talk about plastic straws. I’ve become more and more concerned with plastics, and everywhere I turn, it’s there! We are truly over run with plastics. Not only are there health concerns with plastic, but they really are terrible for our environment too.
    I am suggesting you train your servers to ask customers if they want a straw instead of automatically giving them one. Some people, me being one of them, do not like straws and would appreciate being asked. Maybe others will stop and think about whether they actually need this disposable plastic item in the first place. It’s like grocery stores training their employees to ask whether customers want a bag. (We have come so far concerning plastic bags.)
    I currently use Glass Dharma straws in my home and they have come up with an amazing concept. An upgrade program offering customers the opportunity to pay extra for their meal and receive a reusable straw to carry with them. (A majority of us carry our cloth bags, why not a glass straw.) Glass Dharma describes the Menu Upgrade program for restaurants (http://glassdharma.blogspot.com/2010/11/whats-on-menu.html), which I think is a great idea.

    I would appreciate you taking a moment to view the above web page and see if this is something my favorite restaurant might want to implement. I think it would be amazing to walk into my favorite restaurant and have the server ask if I would like a straw or not. To be asked if I would like a “glass” straw would just make my day!!
    I hope you will be the first restaurant to implement one or both of the above concepts. Once again, thank you for being one of my favorite restaurants. I look forward to many more great meals.

    Thank you.

    Dynamics

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  45. McDonald's Corporation
    2111 McDonald's Dr.
    Oak Brook, IL 60523

    Below location is seeking LEED Gold Certification.

    2242 UNIVERSITY AVE
    RIVERSIDE CA 92507-4275 - (951)683-9798


    In honor of Earth Day, I am writing to ask you to change your plastic straw policy. As one of my favorite restaurants I appreciate all you have done to make my dining experience a great one.
    I would like to talk about plastic straws. I’ve become more and more concerned with plastics, and everywhere I turn, it’s there! We are truly over run with plastics. Not only are there health concerns with plastic, but they really are terrible for our environment too.
    I am suggesting you train your servers to ask customers if they want a straw instead of automatically giving them one. Some people, me being one of them, do not like straws and would appreciate being asked. Maybe others will stop and think about whether they actually need this disposable plastic item in the first place. It’s like grocery stores training their employees to ask whether customers want a bag. (We have come so far concerning plastic bags.)
    I currently use Glass Dharma straws in my home and they have come up with an amazing concept. An upgrade program offering customers the opportunity to pay extra for their meal and receive a reusable straw to carry with them. (A majority of us carry our cloth bags, why not a glass straw.) Glass Dharma describes the Menu Upgrade program for restaurants (http://glassdharma.blogspot.com/2010/11/whats-on-menu.html), which I think is a great idea.

    I would appreciate you taking a moment to view the above web page and see if this is something my favorite restaurant might want to implement. I think it would be amazing to walk into my favorite restaurant and have the server ask if I would like a straw or not. To be asked if I would like a “glass” straw would just make my day!!
    I hope you will be the first restaurant to implement one or both of the above concepts. Once again, thank you for being one of my favorite restaurants. I look forward to many more great meals.

    Thank you.

    Dynamics

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  46. Dear Management:



    As a long-time customer, I not only appreciate your food but also the fact that it is served on beautiful, durable dishes, with real flatware and glasses. I know that when I eat at your place, I’ll have a waste-free meal — except for one thing: the disposable plastic straws. I don’t need or want one. But unless I ask the server ahead of time not to bring me one, they stick a straw in my drink automatically, generating plastic waste that will last for thousands of years.



    In honor of Earth Day, I am writing to ask you to change your plastic straw policy.

Please train your servers to ask customers if they want a straw instead of automatically giving them one. Some people don’t like straws and will appreciate being asked. All others will get a chance to stop and think about whether they actually need this disposable plastic item in the first place. It’s like grocery stores training their employees to ask whether customers want a bag.

You may even consider participating in an upgrade program, offering customers the opportunity to pay extra for their meal and receive a reusable straw to carry with them.

    I have been carrying a glass straw from a company called Glass Dharma for the past few years so that I don’t have to waste plastic. On their web site, they describe the Menu Upgrade program for restaurants (http://glassdharma.blogspot.com/2010/11/whats-on-menu.html), which I think is a great idea.

I do appreciate your restaurant and thank you for the great food and friendly atmosphere.

Sincerely,

    Amber Mooney

    The Oysterette
    757-465-2156
    3916 Portsmouth Blvd St. 86
    Chesapeake, VA 23321

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    757-664-9117
    2200 Colonial Ave
    Norfolk, VA 23517

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    757-484-6888
    7386 Harbor Towne Pkwy
    Suffolk, VA 23435

    Eastside Pizza
    757-488-3113
    5618 Portsmouth Blvd
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    757-488-8155
    4215 Portsmouth Blvd
    Portsmouth, VA 23701

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  47. Chaco Canyon Cafe
    4757 12th Ave NE
    Seattle, WA 98105
    chacocanyoncafe@gmail.com

    Healeo*
    1520 15th Ave
    Seattle, WA 98122

    Jamba Juice Company*
    6475 Christie Ave, Suite 150
    Emeryville, CA 94608

    Starbucks Company *
    2401 Utah Ave South
    Seattle, WA 98134

    Thrive Cafe
    1026 NE 65th Street, #A102
    Seattle, WA 98115
    yum@generationthrive.com

    * These restaurants do not list an e-mail address on their website. I submitted my letter to these restaurants through their “Contact Us” forms.

    Dear Management,

    In honor of Earth Month, I wanted to let you know about a way that you can cut down on waste. Although many things are contributing to our planet's growing trash problem, one that gets very little attention (and is specific to the restaurant industry) is the waste caused by straws. Most straws are meant to be used once and thrown away. As a result, they usually end up in landfills or as litter, both of which pose a danger to wildlife and to the environment in general.

    There are a number of ways that this issue can be addressed. Restaurants that serve drinks in glassware can use re-usable glass straws instead of single-use plastic ones. Restaurants that serve drinks in “to-go” containers can ask their customers if they would like a straw rather than automatically putting them into drinks. They can also provide straws that can be recycled instead of thrown-out.

    I know that this may seem like a small issue in the day-to-day running of a restaurant, but I would encourage you to look into steps that you can take to help limit the amount of waste that your restaurant produces. I'm sure that your customers (myself included) would appreciate your continuing efforts to be environmentally sustainable.

    As a side note, if you're interested in learning more about re-useable glass straws, I would recommend that you take a look at the website www.glassdharma.com. I'm not affiliated with this company in any way, but I do use their straws at home and find that they work really well. Thanks for your time!

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  48. Bluephies Restaurant
    2701 Monroe Street
    Madison, WI

    Phone: 608-231-3663
    Fax: 608-231-0615

    Melanie Horzuesky - Restaurant Manager
    http://www.bluephies.com/




    Hi Melanie,


    I have eaten at Bluephies a couple of times. You even sent me free gift certificates when I was once unhappy with the food.


    I came across these glass straws and thought they were adorable. The Glass Dharma, the straw designer, suggested contacting one restaurant where you feel these straws would be a fit and make an impact.


    I thought of Bluephies.


    Your décor is retro-ish and your food is yummy and fun. Glass straws would totally dovetail on the menu. In addition the hippy culture of Madison is naturally receptive to such a novelty since its core goal is reduction of waste.


    Regards,


    Elizabeth I
    http://superfrugalette.com

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