When Mockingbird Cafe in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi, was approached by Plastic Free Gulf Coast, their longtime dream of “going green” was finally made possible. Supported by the initiative and eager to get started, Mockingbird Cafe team members mapped out a plan that would ensure they could reduce their plastic consumption without breaking the bank.
The solution? Offering items by request. By passing out certain items like straws, lids and cutlery only when asked by the customer, the restaurant minimized the size (and cost) of their weekly supply order, giving them the ability to invest in alternatives while staying within their budget. Their efforts also proved to be a hit with customers, who soon realized the positive impacts that avoiding unnecessary plastic could have on their town.