Just Salad is a chain of fast-casual restaurants that serves salads, wraps, smoothies, soups, grain bowls, market plates, and toast boxes.
Just Salad is committed to sustainability and has implemented the world’s largest restaurant reusable program with its signature reusable bowls and recyclable and compostable packaging.
The company has developed a 360-degree organic composting program for their kitchens, serving areas, and dining rooms. Its goal is to send zero waste to landfills by 2022.
The company was recognized by the Environmental Protection Agency as a regional WasteWise Award winner.
Just Salad wishes to become the "green standard" of sustainability in the restaurant space and beyond.
In order for Just Salad to achieve its goal, the company would need to find a way to eliminate the use of all single-use plastics from its restaurants.
For these changes to be sustainable in the long-term, operational processes will need to be established.
The solution to this challenge involves three items of focus:
1) Reduce single-use plastics through its Reusable Bowl Program.
2) Switch to smarter packaging solutions that are recyclable or compostable and generally less carbon-intensive.
3) Implement organic composting through a 360-degree composting program at all NYC locations.
We partnered with Just Salad to help the company fulfill its mission.
Our focus would be on helping to eliminate all single-use plastic straws from all Just Salad locations nationwide. We would do this by replacing them with 100% natural and compostable plant-based S'wheat Straws.
Just Salad began serving its to-go smoothies in cups with sealed tops in order to provide a quality product that upholds strict health and safety protocols.
However, that meant that the typical straw would no longer be effective because it simply would not be sharp enough to pierce the seal on the top of the cup.
Not a problem!
At S'wheat Straws, we developed a custom straw for Just Salad that would sport a tip sharp enough to pierce the film cover on the smoothie cup.
Specifications and More
One hundred percent natural, compostable, plant-based straws made from reed stems.
The straw diameter is six to eight millimeters wide to allow for a seamless experience in drinking a smoothie.
Customized sharp tips made specifically for Just Salad.
A commitment to sustainability does not come easily. Teams and organizations must often sacrifice time, energy, and money in the short term for a better future long term. At S'wheat Straws, we are committed to providing businesses with solutions that make it easier to become more sustainable today.