• Vail Resorts Says Goodbye to Plastic Straws

    Embracing Sustainable Sipping 

     
    FROM THE Summer 2018 ISSUE
     

Order a Bloody Mary at Northstar California and it will come garnished with all manner of goodies, from veggie skewers and celery sticks to fat shrimp, caramelized bacon, smoked jerky and more, depending on the bar and bartender. One thing it won’t have: a straw.

Vail Resorts, owner of Northstar, Heavenly and Kirkwood at Lake Tahoe and sister resorts in Colorado, Utah, British Columbia, Vermont and the Midwest, is one of the first corporations in the nation to ban plastic straws out of environmental concerns. The move is part of Vail’s “Epic Promise” commitment to a zero net operating footprint— including zero net emissions and zero waste to landfill—by 2030. 

“Northstar guests are thrilled when we communicate why the resort is moving away from plastic straws, and straws in general,” says Stephanie Myers, resort spokeswoman. 

Other food and beverage establishments in California and beyond also are embracing bans on disposable plastic products. Single-use plastic bags were banned statewide in 2016, and legislation introduced recently would make it illegal for servers to dole out plastic straws except on request from the customer. The cities of Davis, Malibu and San Luis Obispo already have plastic-straw restrictions in place (Malibu’s ban also includes plastic stirrers and utensils). Seattle will follow suit starting in July. 

Plastic ban aside, you don’t have to get poked in the eye with a celery stick when drinking a bloody mary at Northstar. Ask, and you shall receive … a paper straw.  

California is one of the most abundant agricultural regions in the world, but a startling number of residents aren’t always sure where their next meal will come from. According to Feeding America, the nation’s largest network of food banks, one in eight Californians struggles with hunger. The situation is especially startling for children; one in five is food insecure.

Hunger is not a supply problem, it’s a logistics challenge. And the meetings and events industry is full of logistics-minded people who are in a position to chip away at it.

 

There’s gold—and a Frank Lloyd Wright-designed meeting center—in them thar hills.

 

A new gem in the central coast.