August 10, 2021 Sustainability

Straws Made By Life

We have a new sustainability partner across our restaurants. After a lot of trial and error trying to find the best alternative for plastic straws, we came across Restore Regenerative Foodware. Their straws are all natural and made from AirCarbon (PHB), an FDA-approved, natural material made from organisms found in every ecosystem on the planet.

AirCarbon is ocean degradable, which means even if they reach the ocean (which we hope they don’t), the straws will break down in 180 days. They contain no synthetic plastic, no plastic made from corn and no glues. They create zero plastic pollution. Even better, they are regenerative and actually reduce carbon in the air.

But here’s the other great news: you may not know they aren’t plastic straws, which means no more soggy paper straws falling apart in your beverages. Our AirCarbon straws feel and perform like plastic in our restaurants, but don’t perform like plastics in the environment. A win for our guests and a win for the planet.

But you probably need to see one… or suck on one… to believe it. Please stop by one of our restaurants to check out new straws. We’ve got a great new cocktail menu perfect for testing them out.

Why We Don’t Use Plastic Straws

Americans use millions of plastic straws a day. Those straws litter our streets, lands, shorelines, and oceans. Plastic drinking straws are among the top ten contributors to marine debris pollution. They do not biodegrade but break down into smaller microplastics that have made their way into our food chain and the deepest trenches of our oceans. The research and statistics on the impacts of plastic straws across the globe are alarming. News articles are appearing regularly on what plastics do to our environment, our health, as well as efforts and innovations across the globe to eliminate and ban single-use plastics straws.

At Founding Farmers, we are committed to sustainability. We are not only talking our talk but walking our walk. Every day, we are working to make a difference not only in our own restaurants but across the hospitality industry.

Our Last Straw

As major distributors of straws, it is imperative restaurants lead the charge for change.  In 2018,  our Co-Owner, Dan Simons, and Farmers Restaurant Group launched a campaign turned non-profit, Our Last Straw. We’ve established a coalition of restaurants, bars, cafes, hotels, event venues, and organizations across the DC metropolitan region and beyond on a mission: Eliminate single-use plastic straws.

Individuals can join our efforts by taking the personal pledge to stop using plastic straws, and businesses can become part of the movement to stop the distribution and use of plastic straws. Learn more at Our Last Straw. Our new partnership with Restore Regenerative Foodware means that partners of Our Last Straw can receive a discount on AirCarbon straws.




August 11, 2023
Drink, Food, Sustainability

Buzzin’ for Beyla Honey

At Founding Farmers, we have a deep-rooted commitment to sourcing the finest ingredients from family farmers we know and trust. One of our cherished partnerships is with Beyla Honey, nestled in Grant County, North Dakota.

May 17, 2022
Food, Sustainability

Feeding Our Neighbors with Breadcoins

Founding Farmers & Distillers partners with a growing nonprofit in the District working to feed our neighbors. Breadcoin helps distribute food tokens, or “Breadcoins,” to people who are hungry or food-insecure that can be used like cash at local restaurants, bakeries, markets, food trucks, and more.

August 19, 2019

Sunflowers are Back

It is a great season to visit Founding Farmers Tysons. Our sunflowers are back and in-house through September.  We love welcoming guests to our Tysons restaurant with our bounty of sunflowers. Each year, we harvest these beauties with our friends and sustainable partners at Sweet Virginia, a non-profit working to educate children about the wonder of honey bees and their importance in pollinating and maintaining food diversity for every living creature on the planet.

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