August 13th, 2019 3:53 PM
By MELISSA ELSMO
Oak Park Eats
According to Stephen Morales, Oak Park's Environment and Energy Commission chair, the Plastic Free July Program went very well. The campaign received attention in the community and boosted awareness about the importance of eliminating single use plastics throughout the village of Oak Park and beyond.
"In general, we feel that the Plastic Free July program shows that the village wants to do more for our environment," said Morales via email. "Going forward, we would like to expand on the success of Plastic Free July through other community and village-level activities."
In the end, Oak Park and Forest Park combined had about a dozen restaurants officially participating in the program throughout July, but the League of Women Voters identified several more restaurants that were simply trying to be more plastic free.
"We were happy to see many local restaurants are eager to do as much as possible to go green in their restaurants," said Beverly Graham, president of the League of Women Voters of Oak Park-River Forest. "We hope their considerable efforts will inspire others to follow suit."
As part of the Plastic Free July campaign the League's Environment Committee contacted local restaurants asking them about their use of disposable plastics. Over the course of July the committee continued their effort and expanded the "best of the best list" to include five new restaurants and three honorable mentions. The committee is working to create window decal to honor the restaurants listed.
The committee was particularly pleased with the environmentally friendly practices at Small Batch Barbecue in Forest Park. The food-scene newcomer opened on Madison Street on July 6. The barbecue joint is designed to avoid food waste food waste by controlling quantities and also limits the use of single use plastics throughout their operation.
Graham also shared that Spilt Milk staff members were quick to praise their eco-conscious customers for bringing their own bags and containers to transport their bakery purchases.
"Little things like that make a big difference to our local restaurants," says Graham, "and I feel like this effort is really taking off in our community."
Plastic Free July's Best
Beverly Graham, president of the League of Women Voters of Oak Park-River Forest, says the restaurants included on this list have already taken strides to eliminate single-use plastics in their establishment and have embraced environmentally friendly practices from the front to the back of the house.
Honorable mentions are making considerable efforts to green their businesses and have concrete plans implemented.
Thanks for turning to Forest Park Review and ForestParkReview.com. We love our thousands of digital-only readers. Now though we're asking you to partner up in paying for our reporters and photographers who report this news. It had to happen, right?
On the plus side, we're giving you a simple way, and a better reason, to join in. We're now a non-profit -- Growing Community Media -- so your donation is tax deductible. And signing up for a monthly donation, or making a one-time donation, is fast and easy.
No threats from us. The news will be here. No paywalls or article countdowns. We're counting on an exquisite mix of civic enlightenment and mild shaming. Sort of like public radio.
Claim your bragging rights. Become a digital member.
Boss Burrito, Oak Park
The Buzz Café, Oak Park
Cucina Paradiso, Oak Park
Citrine Café, Oak Park
Happy Apple Pie Shop, Oak Park
Hamburger Mary's, Oak Park
Hemmingway's Bistro, Oak Park
The Heritage Restaurant, Forest Park
Poke Burrito, Oak Park
Poor Phil's, Oak Park
Small Batch Bar-b-que, Forest Park
Wild Onion Tied House, Oak Park
Hecho en Oak Park, Oak Park
Kinslahger Tasting Room, Oak Park
Spilt Milk, Oak Park
To view the full print edition of the Forest Park Review 2019 - 2020 Community Guide, please click here.
Sign-up to get the latest news updates for Forest Park.
I sat next to Fred in Homeroom all 4 years at PEHS...we also...
By Dianne Howard
Posted: December 5th, 2019 9:30 PM
On: Looking back at the death of a...
What a great thing to do for our Veterans. I live a block away...
By Leonard De Joy
Posted: December 5th, 2019 8:50 PM
On: New housing for those with...
I think I'm just going to sit back, make some popcorn, and...
By Geoff Binns-Calvey
Posted: December 5th, 2019 5:31 PM
On: It's not racist to be against...
Steve is living in an alternate universe if he thinks there are...
By Michelle Woehrle
Posted: December 4th, 2019 9:35 AM
On: D91 plans to ditch letter grades
Well I find it interesting that it took this long to figure this...
By Jerry Webster
Posted: December 3rd, 2019 6:34 PM
On: Peace Corners provide relaxation...
"Core issue is the continuation of wasted taxpayer dollars-...
By Dion Ewald
Posted: December 2nd, 2019 10:25 AM
On: D91 plans to ditch letter grades
View All Comments