The Reduce Single Use Pledge asks restaurants to only provide single-use foodware upon customer request.
Often the default for restaurants when preparing to-go orders is to provide single-use foodware (utensils, napkins, condiment containers, bags, etc.) to customers without asking. However, the majority of to-go orders are eaten at people’s homes where they already have these items. Thus, providing single-use foodware is redundant and adds unnecessary waste to our landfills, neighborhoods, rivers, and oceans.
Why Should We Reduce Single-Use?
- Restaurants save money
- Providing free single-use foodware to customers adds up financially. Slowing down this practice will help our local businesses save money. (Upstream Solutions)
- It’s more hygienic and safer for customers
- From production to packaging to shipping, single-use foodware passes through a countless number of hands by the time they reach a restaurant. Bottom line? The most hygienic foodware for your meals is the kind you find at home. (Oceanic Standard)
- It’s better for the planet
- The most effective way to reduce waste is not creating it in the first place. Making a new product requires a lot of materials and energy – raw materials must be extracted from the earth, and the product must be fabricated then transported to wherever it will be sold. (Environmental Protection Agency)
- Estimates indicate that around 50% of annual plastic production is destined for single use packaging and products. Plastic products are made using petroleum, which is a non-renewable resource. (National Geographic)
- Single-use items are disposed in huge quantities every day. Disposable foodware accounted for approximately 1.1 million tons of solid waste generated in the United States in 2015. (Environmental Protection Agency)
- Less than 14% of plastic packaging, which is the fastest-growing form of packaging, gets recycled. (Natural Resources Defense Council)
- If plastic use continues unchecked, scientists predict the ocean will have more plastic than fish (by weight) by 2050. (World Economic Forum)
REDUCE SINGLE USE PLEDGE
“I, (Business Name), pledge to reduce the amount of single-use foodware distributed by this establishment such as: forks, spoons, knives, straws, napkins, bags, condiment containers, and more.
I will do this by only providing single-use foodware items to customers upon their request instead of providing them by default. I will be part of the solution to reduce the amount of single-use foodware that winds up in our landfill, rivers, and oceans.”
Help Spread the Word
Are you interested in helping spread the word about this pledge? Click here to view an email template that you can send to your favorite local restaurant.