New Orleans pizza chain ditches plastic straws for sugar cane

The Reginelli’s Pizzeria chain in the New Orleans area has announced that it has removed plastic straws from its restaurants, and will provide biodegradable sugar cane straws as an alternative upon request.

“Save the Earth! It’s the only planet with pizza,” the chain said on social media.

Reginelli’s isn’t the first New Orleans restaurant to get rid of plastic straws. Casa Borrega, 1719 Oretha Castle Hailey Blvd., New Orleans, stopped using plastic in July; customers can buy a reusable metal straw for $2 if they like. Lucy’s Retired Surfers Bar and Restaurant, 701 Tchoupitoulas St., has also banned plastic straws.

In July, Starbucks announced it would stop using plastic straws by 2020 as part of a no-plastic-straws movement that has gained momentum in recent years after a video showing a sea turtle with a plastic straw wedged in its nose went viral. 

Disney has announced it will ban plastic straws at its parks and on its cruises.

Reginelli’s says its sugar cane straws are sturdy; some straw-replacement efforts have been criticized for using flimsy straws.

The pizza chain has locations throughout the New Orleans area, including Uptown, Clearview, Lakeview, Garden District, Poydras, Elmwood, Gretna and Kenner. See addresses here.

Do you know of other New Orleans restaurants that have banned plastic straws? Tell us in the comments section.

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