According to ecocyle.org, the largest non-profit recycler in the US, half a billion plastic straws are used and discarded in the United States every day. Plastic straws cannot be recycled and pose a significant threat to our oceans. Tales of the Cocktail is committed to not using plastic straws at our events, and we're asking our partners to refrain from the use of plastic straws in their Tales of the Cocktail tasting rooms and at offsite events. The Last Straw will serve as a resource and news center dedicated to the topic of reducing waste in restaurants and bars around the world. This page will feature examples of, and techniques for, low-waste cocktails, stories highlighting the efforts of large and small spirit producers to reduce waste, and an open challenge for both venues and bartenders to pledge publicly that they will no longer offer plastic straws to their guests or use them for tasting drinks.
Meet Diego, “The Lemongrass Boy”
In Tulum, Mexico, this bartender has developed a way to transform a local crop into a plastic straw alternative.
Always a Clean Finish: How Don Q...
Not only known for quality rum, in the last decade the Serrallés family has made strides in implementing sustainable technology and initiatives.
From our partner Patrón
How the Patrón Distillery Has G...
The tequila company is an industry leader when it comes to sustainable practices.
2017 Sustainable Spirit Award Re...
For the second year in a row, Tales of the Cocktail lauds sustainability efforts in the cocktail and spirits industries.
Working Toward a Sustainable Fut...
The founders of Tin Roof Drink Community talk about their motivations for creating the Sustainability Summit.
Talking Trash with Trash Tiki
We sat down with Kelsey Ramage and Iain Griffiths to see where their smart, sustainability-oriented pop-up concept will lead them next.