On Thursday, June 21, 2018, Dawson’s Market takes 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. Too many, completely unnecessary for beverage
consumption, end up in our oceans. They are especially harmful to marine animals and fish due
to their small size and lightweight. One image that sticks in our heads is the video from 2015
that went viral of scientists removing a plastic straw from a sea turtle’s nose.
Dawson’s has replaced plastic straws with compostable straws made from non-toxic,
agricultural by-products, and annually renewable plant-based materials. These options require
less energy to produce than products made from petroleum and turn fully to dirt within 3 to 6
months in a commercial composting facility.
In addition to compostable straws, Dawson’s shoppers have the option to purchase reusable
stainless steel straws. Or… shoppers can always choose to take their beverage straw-less.
Dawson’s was recognized in 2017 by the Rockville Mayor and City Council for Outstanding
Leadership in Environmental Practices by a business.