Food from your favorite restaurant that arrives packaged in plastic or is accompanied by a plethora of plastic condiment cups and cutlery can detract from the dining experience, especially if you realize that this one meal will have lasting impacts on the environment long after you finish your food and toss the plate in the trash.
At Shedd Aquarium, we believe in the power of collective action and of people, businesses and communities to help drive larger change to rectify the overuse of plastic. Our Let’s Shedd Plastic program encourages restaurants, communities and individuals to reconsider their use of single-use, disposable plastic food packaging—from straws to cutlery to takeout boxes and beyond—and to adopt sustainable solutions.
Want more content like this?
This month, consider two ways you can support Chicago restaurants making a difference for the planet.
Support restaurants that are doing the right things. Visit any of our restaurant partners participating in Chicago Restaurant Week, which runs through April 10. Visit Majani for some soul food-inspired vegan fare or Split-Rail for some Americana classics.
- Help increase the number of restaurants going plastic-free. Nominate your favorite restaurant to join Let’s Shedd Plastic at www.sheddaquarium.org/plastic.
“Shedding” Single-Use Plastics to Protect Our Waters
Plastic waste, large and small, has become embedded in every environment on Earth, harming wildlife. But it’s especially insidious in the world’...
A Surge of Restaurants Ditch Plastic
Read one restaurant's journey.
5 things that happen when you say no to plastic cutlery
Though it may seem like just one fork and one knife, the lifecycle of plastic cutlery goes far beyond the minutes it takes to eat your food.