Straw Free JH

You'll be seeing  more and more "straw free" stickers on the doors of Jackson restaurants.

The stickers are Straw Free Jackson Hole's way of giving a shoutout to those eateries that have reduced their use of plastic straws or least stopped giving out so many.

“We wanted to help get the word out more by acknowledging them,” said Julie Deardorff, coordinator of the volunteer group, which is working to eliminate single-use plastics, with plastic straws as the gateway.

Some local restaurants give customers straws and cocktail stirrers only if asked. Others have gone further and ditched the plastic entirely, offering metal, hay and paper straws and bamboo stirrers, for example.

The Straw Free volunteers, about five of them, are bestowing the door stickers, with a little ceremony, on those restaurants.

There are about 45 on the list, including Pizzeria Caldera, Hand Fire Pizza, Hatch Taqueria and Tequilas, Local Restaurant and Bar, Trio: an American Bistro, The Granary and the White Buffalo Club.

They Straw Free Jackson Hole volunteers hope tourists will notice the stickers and be impressed with Jackson Hole restaurants’ eco-mindedness and return home with some new ideas.

“Hopefully someone notices when they go back to where they live and they think twice about plastic,” Deardorff said.

Contact Jennifer Dorsey at jennifer@jhnewsandguide.com or 732-5908.

Jennifer Dorsey is chief copy editor and Business section coordinator. She worked in Washington, D.C., and Chicago before moving to the Tetons.

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