Yesterday, my mom, the boys and I went to Kildare's Pub in West Chester, PA to hear my friend Allison's Irish folk band, Beyond the Pale, play (they are awesome, by the way). I have no idea if the restaurant owners care about sustainability or not, but I was impressed by some of what I saw.
- My children were served their drinks in regular glasses instead of plastic cups with lids.
- We were given cloth napkins instead of paper ones.
- When I asked for a leftover container, I was given one that is made from paper and is biodegradable, not a styrofoam one.
One of the items on my to-do list for today is to e-mail the restaurant and let them know that I noticed these things and that I appreciate them. I often read the advice to contact businesses and let them know you'd like them to be more sustainable.
Perhaps, we also need to be contacting businesses and letting them know when they are doing a good job at being sustainable. Let them know that we notice it and it means something to us. Let them know that we are likely to return to their business because of what we noticed. If no one tells them they are doing a good job in these areas, they may stop.