The Greene Turtle Sports Bar and Grille has announced that its restaurants have gone straw-free in an effort to protect marine life.
More than 500 million plastic straws are used each day in the United States. By going straw free, The Greene Turtle can save over 7 million plastic straws from entering the ecosystem, the company says.
Biodegradable straws, provided by Aardvark straws, will be available for certain beverages upon request.
In support of the restaurant’s effort, global drinks giant Diageo will donate $1 of every bottle of Naked Turtle Rum sold at The Greene Turtle locations to the Sea Turtle Conservancy to help promote awareness about the different species of sea turtles and the various threats to their survival.
A few of the signature drinks at The Greene Turtle featuring Naked Turtle Rum include: “Original Blood Orange Hell in the Shell” (Naked Turtle White rum, tequila, gin, cranberry, Sprite, Blood Orange Sour, Peach Schnapps and New Amsterdam vodka); “Hurricane Hell in the Shell” (Naked Turtle White rum, Southern Comfort, freshly squeezed orange juice, pineapple juice, Citrus Sour and Grenadine); and the “Light & Stormy” (Naked Turtle White rum, bitters and Gosling’s Ginger beer).
First opened in Ocean City, Maryland, in 1976, The Greene Turtle today includes 46 casual dining locations in markets across Maryland and extending into Washington, D.C., Virginia, West Virginia, Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Long Island, New York.