Paper Straw Transition


As part of Columbia Dining's commitment to sustainability, we have used compostable paper plates, bowls, cups, and plastic cutlery since 2008. In John Jay Dining hall reusable china and flatware is utilized. Now, we are proud to announce that we're also transitioning to 100% compostable paper straws and plant based plastic cups for to-go cold beverages. Please note, plastic, bendable straws for accessibility purposes are available upon request at all units.

At least 5.25 trillion plastic particles are currently floating in our oceans & are ingested by seabirds, turtles, whales, & fish. Let’s all do our part to reduce unnecessary waste and keep sea animals safe!

To learn more about Columbia Dining's sustainable practices click here.