By: Jerad Karasek
Timothy O’ Toole’s Pub Group has recently joined the Plastic Free July challenge in an effort to reduce the waste produced by single-use plastic. They currently have locations in Chicago, Gurnee, Libertyville, and Lake Villa.
Plastic Free July started in Western Australia in 2011, and now has millions of participants across more than 150 countries worldwide. #ChoosetoRefuse is the slogan for the challenge, encouraging more awareness of plastic use and improvements to recycling habits. Their vision is for a world without plastic waste. The movement is currently sponsored by The Waste Authority of WA, Onya Bags, Two Hands Project, and Keep Australia Beautiful WA.
Timothy O’ Toole’s Pub halted their use of straws for water since July of last year, and are now only offering straws for soda upon request. They are also hosting a special event to raise donations for organizations trying to help reduce landfill waste and to protect the oceans and their ecosystems. T-shirts will be sold for $15 online and in each restaurant, with $5 from every purchase being set aside for donations. The shirts give information on the movement and what can be done to help.
There are several ways for a business to participate in the movement. Encouraging employees to eat their lunch without single-use plastic, hosting movie screenings for documentaries about the damage being dealt to the oceans, and promoting the movement on social media are all great ways to get involved.
To learn more about #ChoosetoRefuse visit PlasticFreeJuly.org or visit any Timothy O’ Toole’s Pub restaurant.