As of June 21, you won’t find a single plastic straw in the Rockville organic grocery store, Dawson’s Market. They have taken another step in their commitment to environmental sustainability and stewardship by banning the use of single-use plastic straws in store.
“Single-use plastic straws are one of the most pervasive forms of plastic waste, and incredibly destructive to our oceans and environment,” as noted in their recent press release. Too many—completely unnecessary for beverage consumption—end up in the oceans and pose harm to marine animals and fish due to their small size and lightweight.
The market has replaced plastic straws with compostable straws made from non-toxic, agricultural by-products, which are renewable plant-based materials. These options require less energy to produce than products made from petroleum and turn fully to dirt within three to six months in a commercial composting facility.
Of course, Dawson’s shoppers have the option to purchase reusable stainless steel straws or shoppers can always choose to take their beverage straw-less. The beverage taste just as delicious. Dawson’s was recognized in 2017 by the Rockville Mayor and City Council for Outstanding Leadership in Environmental Practices by a business and continues to find new ways to live out that commitment.