Stop Plastic Straw Waste at Chain Restaurants

Target: Nicholas Paul Shepherd, C.E.O. of T.G.I. Fridays Restaurant

Goal: Prevent unnecessary plastic straw waste at America’s most popular restaurants

Next time you go out for dinner at one of America’s top chain restaurants, take a walk around the back to see how the dumpsters are constantly overflowing. One of the most unnecessary sources of chain restaurant waste lies with the plastic straw. By only handing out plastic straws to people who request them, America’s chain restaurants could divert millions of non-recyclable products from our landfills. This would help prevent unnecessary plastic waste at restaurants around the country.

Environmentally-conscious consumers recently contacted the CEO of popular chain restaurant, Applebees, with concerns about non-recyclable plastic waste. However, there are many other major chain restaurants that need to take responsibility for their trash. With nearly 1,000 worldwide locations, T.G.I. Fridays could potentially prevent millions of non-recyclable products from polluting landfills, waterways, and community spaces. Other chain restaurants like Chill’s, Olive Garden, Red Lobster, and Outback Steakhouse must do their part as well.

Sign the below petition to urge T.G.I. Fridays and other major chain restaurants to make a policy of distributing plastic straws only upon request. Not only would such a policy benefit the environment, but it would also cut down on supply costs for the restaurant corporations. It seems like a small step, but it is a manageable step and one in the right direction.

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Dear Mr. Shepherd,

Please allow T.G.I. Fridays to serve as an example to the restaurant industry of how an environmentally-conscious business operates. Since your restaurant has so many prominent locations throughout the world, hundreds of thousands of straws are tossed in the garbage every day. These straws are almost always non-recyclable and end up filling our country’s landfills, rivers, and community spaces.

I am urging you to implement a corporation-wide policy to eliminate the unnecessary distribution of plastic straws. By only giving straws out to customers who request them, you will be saving our communities from unnecessary waste.

Such a policy would not negatively harm your business, but rather earn it positive recognition for the stance it is taking. You can emerge as a respectable leader in the restaurant industry, while saving valuable money on supply costs. Although a few straws here and there might not seem like a major issue, such a policy would be a great step in the right direction of environmental responsibility.


[Your Name Here]

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One Comment

  1. Gen Lovyet Agustsson says:

    ban straws now!

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