By Lindsey Lyons
EarthX is encouraging diners to Go NOCO Loco! by saying NO to plastic and Styrofoam containers during DFW Restaurant Week. Running through Sept. 1, DFW Restaurant Week is the single largest culinary event in Dallas-Fort Worth, offering diners special menus at more than 140 participating restaurants. With nearly 90,000 local residents making reservations during the event, the simple act of bringing your own reusable “to-go” container or using low-impact options can have a significant impact.
“Taking our meals ‘to go’ in plastic containers has had serious consequences,” said Karen Fleig, director of marketing and communications for EarthX. “If each DFW Restaurant Week restaurant and dining patron committed to using biodegradable, compostable or reusable containers, we could plant a seed that would influence others, making a huge difference in the long-term.”
EarthX is also celebrating having struck out one million single-use plastic straws since launching its Strike Out Straws campaign at Earthx2018. Once discarded, single-use plastic straws, made from petroleum, require more than 200 years to break down, adding to plastic debris in landfills. As Strike Out Straws continues, EarthX is celebrating the 50th anniversary of Earth Day in 2020 by also working toward a goal of no single-use plastic and Styrofoam to-go containers.
“It’s simple. Tell your server you have brought your own reusable container for your leftovers. Or, ask for one of the biodegradable, low-impact Go NOCO Loco! containers made of fully compostable and rapidly renewable sugarcane fibers,” added Fleig. “And let’s not stop with Restaurant Week. Why not bring your own container year-round? We’ve trained ourselves to say ‘no’ to plastic straws, but what else can we also be saying no to?”
Information on Go NOCO Loco! is available at earthx.org/gonocoloco.