Reviewed by: Patience Itson
The fight to wish plastic products goodbye has been going on for years, and Mobile businesses are finally making their move. The Downtown Mobile Alliance and other local organizations are partnering with downtown businesses to reduce the use of single-use plastic. Keep reading for more on this initiative, who’s involved and why Mobile is saying no to plastic.
“Peace Out Plastic”
NBC 15 introduced us to an initiative created by the Downtown Mobile Alliance. In partnership with Mobile Baykeeper and funding from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, this initiative is being coined by local businesses as “Peace Out Plastic.”
“Our waterways, especially here in Mobile, a lot of business is drawn to the city because of it, so it’s important that we take care of it.”Marty Pollock, Director of Food and Beverage, Battlehouse Hotel & Joe Cain Cafe
So far, 20 downtown businesses are participating in the initiative. From breweries to law firms, a wide range of Mobile businesses are eager to say no to plastic.
What are they saying no to? Things like plastic bags, straws and to-go boxes. Most local shops are making changes like switching to-go boxes for plant-based products and transitioning to paper straws.
Restaurants participating in this campaign will have a “Peace Out Plastic” logo on their menus, doors and windows.
“Most of what we collect from the streets and sidewalk as we sweep the district every day is plastic and it’s not being recycled. A lot of it winds up in the waterways that we don’t even get to pick up.”Carol Hunter, Downtown Mobile Alliance
This “Peace Out” to Plastic initiative allows a more convenient process of the efforts already being made by the Downtown Mobile Alliance, Mobile Baykeeper and more. This doesn’t mean there’s no plastic at all, as reported by NBC 15, it just means more teamwork is needed to keep Mobile beautiful.