Dunedin, Florida (September 21, 2018) – Bon Appétit Restaurant has joined the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (Florida DEP) ‘Skip the Straw’ pledge. By joining the pledge, Bon Appétit Restaurant has committed to eliminating use of plastic straws by replacing them with bio-degradable paper straws throughout the restaurant at both their outdoor and indoor dining areas. According to statistics from FloridaDEP.com, about 90% of seabirds and 30% of sea turtles have plastic in their stomachs. It was a troubling realization for the company’s management team, as Bon Appétit Restaurant is located directly on the Dunedin waterfront.
“It’s a small change, but it makes a big impact,” says Thomas Riedl, Bon Appétit Restaurant’s Manager, “Marine life is a part of our daily life here at the restaurant. We look out our restaurant windows and see dolphins playing and seabirds hunting for fish. The waterfront, the sea life, are all very much part of Bon Appétit’s identity. So, once we realized 90% of trash in the ocean was made of plastic, we knew it was time to join the movement and make the change.”
In addition to ending plastic straw use, Bon Appétit Restaurant has also changed their carry-out, to-go bags from plastic to paper. Through these changes, the company hopes to inspire, educate and encourage their guests to reduce single plastic usage. To learn more about ‘Skip the Straw’ pledge, visit https://floridadep.gov/waste/waste/campaign/skip-straw.
About Florida Department of Environmental Protection
The Florida Department of Environmental Protection is the state’s lead agency for environmental management and stewardship – protecting our air, water and land. The vision of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection is to create strong community partnerships, safeguard Florida’s natural resources and enhance its ecosystems.
About Bon Appétit Restaurant
Bon Appétit Restaurant can be found in the charming coastal town of Dunedin, Florida, located directly on the water and offering 180 degree views overlooking St. Joseph Sound and Caladesi Island. The menu is an eclectic blend of European and American cuisines using simple, fresh ingredients for breakfast, lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch. Bon Appétit also specializes in hosting and catering corporate and private events such as weddings, baby showers, anniversaries, birthdays and retirement parties and has upstairs banquet space with water views. Bon Appétit Restaurant was founded and is still operated by Peter Kreuziger and Karl Riedl. Klaus Riedl is executive chef.
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