Serving Up Sustainability

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With the news of Starbucks eliminating plastic straws by 2020, what are Sioux Falls businesses already doing to “think green”? 

Co-Owner of Bread and Circus Barry Putzke is getting ready for the lunch-time rush. 

If you’re dining in, you’ll only find glass and aluminum bottles, a refillable water station, recycle bins and yep, no straws. 

“So anything that’s compostable, made of recycled materials, are both important things for us,” Putzke said. 

If you’re taking lunch to go, all the containers are also compostable. 

Putzke adopted this mindset while spending 15 years in Portland, a city he considers one of the greenest. 

“Recycling was just second nature out there. Plastic bags had been banned in the time we lived out there so when you go to the grocery store, you couldn’t even get plastic bags for your stuff,” Putzke said. 

And now avoiding things like plastic and Styrofoam are the backbone of his Sioux Falls kitchen. 

“It doesn’t break down in the environment, and it isn’t recyclable, same with the plastic cups, those are not recyclable either,” City Sustainability Coordinator Jessica Sexe said. 

Sexe says although we’re not near the ocean, we have our own waterway to protect. 

“Having the Big Sioux River run through the City of Sioux Falls makes us more conscious about things like litter into our order and environment too,” Sexe said. 

For Putzke, he hopes more spots will serve with sustainability in mind. 

“It’s just basically this is the decision and its an easy one to make because this is the right decision,” Putzke said. 

Putzke says he’ll soon be making the move to aluminum straws.  So if you want a straw, you’ll have to buy one to reuse. 

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