There's an environmentally friendly spin on drinking straws in Fort Wayne

Millions of straws are thrown away every year, and most don't realize they can't be recycled but now, Allen County officials have figured out a solution.

Posted: Apr 11, 2018 7:46 PM
Updated: Apr 12, 2018 8:28 AM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT)- A local campaign is putting its own spin on how we can enjoy a drink and save the environment at the same time.

It may look like a regular straw, but it's not.

They are paper straws from a local company called Aardvark.

Some of your favorite restaurants are taking the pledge to use them. This is one of the steps they are using to reduce the amount of plastic thrown into the landfills and oceans.

"The more research we did and staying true to our mission and philosophy of sustainability, leaving the smallest footprint behind, we chose as of January 1st, [we would have] no plastic straws here in the restaurant," says Nicky Nolot, owner of Tolon Restaurant.

The Allen County Department of Environmental Management says as more people quit using plastic straws, the local environment will be better off.

"We wanted to draw attention to the fact that we have three rivers. We have a lot of wildlife. We have natural resources here locally that we'd like to protect," Jodi Leamon said.

Tolon is one of the first to jump on board priding itself on all things natural just like their food.

"It's good to know that those of us here in Fort Wayne, Indiana will have an impact not just locally but also globally,"Nolot said.

Earth Day will be the official launch of the campaign, but they say it's never too early to save the planet.

"We want to reach out to other businesses and individuals and offer a pledge to reduce their use of plastic straws," Leamon added.

For individuals, they'll be giving stainless steel straws.

The information will be on the Allen County Department of Environmental Management's website about where to find the straws and how to sign up for the pledge.

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