Strong Waters Craft Cocktails and Kitchen is a local Myrtle Beach speakeasy that’s as dedicated to being environmentally conscious as we are to serving mouthwatering cuisine. We reduce our carbon footprint by sourcing ingredients from local purveyors and shopping at local Farmers Markets. One movement that we’ve recently been interested in is the initiative to cut down on the use of plastic straws.

‘Skip the Straw, Save a Sea Turtle’ and ‘Strawless Summer’ are hot topics that are trending issues this summer. Whether it’s small stirrer straws for a handcrafted cocktail or a large clear straw for drinking a water, it’s almost second nature to offer a straw to customers. But unfortunately, the use of these disposable utensils are terrible for the environment. Plastic is non biodegradable and decomposes into small particles that can be ingested by animals and ultimately lead to their untimely death.

Using plastic causes major harm to aquatic species, especially sea turtles. According to The National Park Service, Americans use 500 million drinking straws every day. And according to Earthday.org, there is about 8 million metric tons of plastic thrown in the ocean annually and if we continue at this rate, by the year 2050, there will be more plastic in the oceans than there are fish (by weight)!

At Strong Waters Bar, we are baffled by the harmful effects of the straw habit and have teamed up with Plastic Free Myrtle Beach to become a more eco-friendly and environmentally conscious restaurant. Plastic Free Myrtle Beach is a movement to eliminate single use disposable plastics and non-necessary plastic products from our everyday lives.

We know that the best way to prevent the debris from winding up in our ocean is to eliminate plastic straws altogether, we understand that due to certain medical condition and other circumstances, we still need to be able to offer the option of a straw to our customers. In order to do our part and still offer straws, we’ve switched to paper straws. Paper straws are eco-friendly and biodegradable. The switch to paper straws is our attempt to be more eco-friendly as we join the Strand Strawless Summer movement. According to Cathy, a leader of Plastic Free Myrtle Beach, the plastic free movement is growing and Strand Strawless Summer has over 115 participating restaurants.

While we recommend not using a straw, if you still find yourself needing one to sip a Bloody Mary or handcrafted Honeysuckle Mule – we’ll have the option of using a charming black and white striped paper straw. Though it’s a minor change, this is just one simple way that Strong Waters Bar is aiming to become an even more eco-friendly restaurant in Myrtle Beach.