Plastic pollution is one of the most important environmental threats we face today. Each of us contributes to the problem, and it’s up to us all to reduce, and ultimately, end it.
Annapolis Green and the City of Annapolis are teaming up to tackle the issue head-on with the launch of Plastic Free Annapolis, a month-long public education campaign designed to reduce—and eventually eliminate—single-use plastic.
Plastic Free Annapolis offers residents and businesses an unprecedented opportunity to play a pivotal role in reducing plastic pollution and achieve recognition as leaders in environmental stewardship.
Working in concert with Annapolis Green and the office of Mayor Gavin Buckley, all sorts of businesses including hoteliers, proprietors of restaurants, bars, and coffee shops, and charter boat owners can significantly reduce the volume of plastic threatening our city and waterways. | Press Release
Now, more than ever, people are seeking out and engaging in important environmental initiatives. By replacing single-use plastic products with high-quality reusable and compostable ones, business owners can lead by example, educating and empowering their customers to make a real difference. Plastic Free Annapolis makes it easy.
Participating establishments receive a toolkit and have access to dedicated webpages containing:
- Helpful information on how to make the switch from plastic products, such as take-out boxes, straws, and cutlery, to compostable ones (samples included).
- Sources for procuring high-quality compostable and reusable products
- Case studies containing valuable insights from peers, including those within the hospitality and tourism business, already on the plastic-free path.
- Plastic Free Annapolis artwork for table tent cards and bar coasters.
- Plastic Free Annapolis participant window cling.
- Inclusion in all print and digital marketing, advertising and publicity.
- Social media marketing ideas.
- Online Plastic Free Annapolis customer pledge (coming shortly).
- Invitation to a public celebration at the end of the campaign.
The Plastic Free Annapolis campaign will run from August 20 to September 20. Join the movement to end plastic pollution! All types of businesses are invited to participate — just contact Annapolis Green to come aboard!
Created and implemented by Annapolis Green on behalf of the City, the campaign expands a grassroots program focused on reducing the use of plastic straws that was launched by the nonprofit organization last year. The goal of Plastic Free Annapolis is to inform businesses about ways to voluntarily reduce throw-away plastic, such as bags, water bottles, carry-out containers, balloons, and yes… straws, by using environmentally friendly alternatives or by just not using these products.
Plastic Free Annapolis is made possible by a grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration through the Maryland Department of Natural Resources’ Coastal Zone Management Office.
Establishments That Have Taken Steps to Reduce Plastic (More to come!)
- 49 West Coffeehouse, Winebar & Gallery
- Annapolis Market House
- Annapolis Waterfront Hotel
- Annapolis Yacht Club
- Bakers & Co.
- Boatyard Bar & Grill
- Bread & Butter Kitchen
- Brown Mustache Café
- Café Olé
- Chesapeake Brewing Company
- Eastport Yacht Club
- Galway Bay Irish Restaurant & Pub
- Harry Browne’s
- Harvest Wood Grill + Tap
- Iron Rooster
- Luna Blu Ristorante Italiano
- Main and Market
- O’Learys Seafood Restaurant
- Pusser’s Caribbean Grille
- Sailor Oyster Bar
- Schooner Woodwind
- Taro Smoothies
- The Westin Annapolis
In 2018, Annapolis Green launched its “Don’t Suck. #SipResponsibly.” campaign by providing restaurants, bars and coffee shops with paper straws along with information about alternatives.
“When we started our campaign to do away with plastic straws we saw a wave of support on the part of restaurant patrons,” said Lynne Forsman, Annapolis Green Co-founder. “Restaurant managers were quick to sign on with either a ‘plastic straws upon request’ policy or a switch to paper or reusable straws, or no straw at all. They could see the tide turning against the 500 million plastic straws used and thrown away every day in the United States. We know that this is the right time to expand awareness and action beyond the straw.”
In 2019, Annapolis Green expanded the campaign to all types of throw-away plastic, rebranding it as “It Starts with a Straw.” Now Annapolis Green and the City are
teaming up in common cause, in a movement to change habits and reduce pollution at its source for a cleaner, more beautiful Annapolis.
Many jurisdictions around the world have banned various types of single-use plastics, particularly plastic bags and plastic straws. Most recently, San Francisco airport banned single-use plastic water bottles.