Founding Farmers co-owner looks to build restaurant coalition to ditch plastic straws

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Dan Simons of Farmers Restaurant Group is working to build a coalition of D.C.-area restaurants, bars, cafes and hotels to eliminate plastic straws from the premises.
This is following other similar moves nationally to help reduce the considerable amount of pollution caused by these straws.
Simons acknowledges biodegradable straws are more expensive, but he has negotiated a discount from manufacturer Aardvark Straws for coalition members.

Americans use 500 million plastic straws a day.

That’s a lot of straws.

But Dan Simons, restaurateur and co-owner of Founding Farmers, wants to change this. Simons is working to build a coalition of restaurants, bars, cafes and hotels across D.C. in an effort to reduce plastic straw pollution. So far, he’s recruited Fig & Olive and Taylor Gourmet to join the coalition, though his group is in talks with several more.

Simons’ effort, dubbed Our Last Straw, aims to eliminate all straws or replace plastic straws with biodegradable…

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