Company now offering paper straws

BEDFORD – Reports about the overwhelming amount of plastic and other waste in oceans continue to fill the headlines. Consumers are now looking for and appreciate ways they can contribute in reducing their waste footprint. Recently, Great NH Restaurants stopped automatically handing out plastic straws and providing them only when guests ask. The change has dramatically reduced the number (about 2 million annually) of straws used and discarded. However, many people prefer and enjoy having a straw for their beverages.

Searching for a better solution, Bob Sullivan, director of purchasing for Great NH Restaurants, found a paper straw that was a cut above the rest on the market, most of which don’t perform well.

“The straws are from Good Start Packaging, and have all the features that I was looking for,” Sullivan said. “I am so happy to be able to now offer this product to all of our restaurant guests. We love buying local, and the bonus is that Good Start Packaging is a local New Hampshire business.”

So what’s so different? They are compostable, marine degradable-vegan safe and have no beeswax. They use water-based inks that are 100% non-toxic and in a BRC Certified facility with no chlorine or fluorine. And, they are manufactured in a petroleum-free plant.

Great NH Restaurants is the parent company of five T-BONES Great American Eatery locations: Bedford, Salem, Hudson, Derry and Laconia; Cactus Jack’s in Laconia; CJ’s Great West Grill in Manchester; two Copper Door Restaurants in Bedford and Salem and T-BONES Meats, Sweets and Catering in Manchester. For more information, visit greatnhrestaurants.com.