Periodically, I go to the website for Moon River Brewing Company to sign up for their mailing list. For some reason, I tend to get dropped off the list, even though I'm pretty fanatical about Moon River's brews.
This time, when I signed up for the newsletter, I got an email confirmation with the following bit of information:
Please note our big news:
We have upgraded to corn plastic to-go cups that are 100% compostable.
"We are becoming better corporate citizens and want to be a local leader in the green movement that is sweeping our industry," says Gene Beeco, general manager and co-owner. "We hope that other area restaurants will join us in our efforts, and I believe that in the future recyclable materials may become the law."
The brew pub uses 52,000+ cups each year. The new cups cost about 9¢ more each than regular plastic cups.
Huzzah! This is environmentalism I can get down with. To understand my enthusiasm in this regard, you have to understand the concept of the "to-go cup," or "go-cup." This is one of the true expressions of a drunkard's paradise; In Savannah, you can walk around with the adult beverage of your choice, as long as it's in a "go-cup." If you're in a bar, and you want to go somewhere else - say, another bar - then you just take your current drink, grab a "go-cup" from the stack (every establishment supplies these...), pour your beer, wine or cocktail into the "go-cup" and stumble on your merry way.
I am simply thrilled that the next time I'm in Savannah - hopefully soon - I'll be able to stumble about with a clear conscience as far as the carrier for my beverage is concerned. It's nice to know that said container will eventually compost and assist in the growing of, hopefully, more plants with which to create adult beverages.