Eau Claire restaurant joins initiative and gives up straws

Eau Claire (WQOW)-  A plastic straw movement is making its way to Eau Claire, as more area restaurants are giving them up.

Owner of Mona Lisa’s, Lisa Aspenson said when the initiative came out she knew she could make a difference.

According to the Plastic Pollution Coalition, plastic piles up in the environment, it’s spoiling our groundwater, threatening wildlife and never goes away.

Aspenson said they used to waste a lot of straws at her restaurants and decided to make some changes.

“I sent an email out to all of our restaurant managers with Mona Lisa’s, The Livery, Stella Blue’s and Mogie’s and said enjoy the last case of straws because this is it,” Aspenson said. “It’s an environmental hazard to have straws and we needed to break the people’s habit.”

She said in the next month-and-a-half they will run out of paper and plastic straws, and don’t plan on replacing them.

Coffee Grounds and Acoustic Cafe are also phasing out plastic straws.

Shannon Satterlee

Shannon Satterlee

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