Straw Free Arlington

WHO ARE WE?

The Straw Free Arlington program is our collaboration with the local restaurant community — including high-end eateries, local diners, coffee shops, fast-food stops and more — in establishing more sustainable dining practices. Building on the success of projects like DC’s Our Last Straw, we specifically aim to reduce reliance on single-use plastic items such as straws, cups, utensils, and take-out bags, which are harmful to the natural environment. Through surveys, incentive programs, and other outreach activities, we help Arlington residents find restaurants that have committed to eco-friendly practices, while also helping restaurants identify opportunities for change.

 

OUR MISSION

Straw Free Arlington aims to:

  • Eliminate single-use plastics in restaurants
  • Empower residents to choose eco-friendly restaurants
  • Engage restaurants in protecting their environmental community

 

OUR PROJECTS

The Straw Free Arlington Partnership Program is an incentive program for restaurants that have committed to specific eco-friendly practices, including the reduction or elimination of single-use plastic items. In adopting these practices, restaurants can earn an official “star rating” (1, 2, or 3) as well as other benefits that help put their business in the spotlight. Arlington residents looking for a great spot to eat can find our partners on the map below:

Straw Free Arlington’s Green Restaurant Map

Straw Free Arlington also maintains a Green Restaurant Database. This database includes information collected from the owners and managers of restaurants, bars, and cafes across Arlington about their current dining practices. Our volunteers have chosen to make all our survey data public, in order to help Arlington residents make more informed decisions in dining out. Our database represents 100+ restaurants and is continually being updated by our volunteers in order to better capture Arlington’s wide variety of eating options.

 

HOW CAN YOU HELP?

  • Partner with us. If you are the owner or manager of a restaurant that is interested in joining our partnership program, we would love to hear from you. Please submit the contact form here. If you’d like more information about the program, please email us at [email protected]
  • Nominate a restaurant.  As a volunteer-led project, Straw Free Arlington lacks resources to survey all the restaurants in the county — and we miss some really great places. If you know of a restaurant that should be included in our database above, please let us know at [email protected]
  • Volunteer!  We are always looking to boost our group of passionate, dedicated volunteers. Straw Free Arlington holds bi-monthly meetings that are open to the public, and we’d love to see you at the next one! To get more details about our program, opportunities to get involved, and meeting details, please contact the Straw Free Arlington co-chairs Bethanie & Caitlin at [email protected].

These are our volunteers in action! (Columbia Pike, 2019)