Plastic straws can be great for the people who want them, but why hand one out to everybody? By simply giving out straws only when requested, Applebee's, the largest sit down restaurant chain in the US, could divert over 180 MILLION non-recyclable plastic straws from our landfills, communities, and waterways.
Applebee's has an opportunity to be a leader in the industry. On their website, they says, "A number of our environmental programs focus on reducing waste generated by our operations. We continue to look for ways to eliminate, reuse or recycle potential waste." We're asking the company to follow its own advice!
It's a simple ask which requires no infrastructure, no expense, and no negative impact to the corporation but would make a huge impact in our communities. If Applebee's could divert the amount of straws they hand out by 50%, it would eliminate 183,729,000 plastic straws per year from our neighborhoods, landfills, and oceans.
The simple, but important goal of this petition is to convince Applebee's to put a written policy in place that they will only give straws to those who want one!