120 Billion disposable cups are used by American each year
500 million straws used per day
98% of delivery/takeout meals are consumed at home or at work where reusable cutlery is available
Americans use 500 million drinking straws every day
40 billion plastic knives, forks and spoons are disposed of in one year and are used for less than 15 minutes
In the US, the restaurant industry generates about 11.4 million tons of food waste annually at a cost of roughly $25 billion every year
Charlotte's Green Crown is a citywide voluntary and free program that shines a spotlight on eating and drinking establishments in the restaurant and beverage industry implementing environmentally sustainable practices. Complementing the city's larger sustainability and resilience strategy, Green Crown businesses demonstrate their commitment to the environment through four main categories:
Waste Management, Energy and Water Conservation, Pollution Reduction, Commitment to the Community.
Apply to be a Green Crown - Application is open March 1 and closes August 31 each year
Applications will be reviewed annually, with certification lasting 1 year.
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How to earn Green Crowns
Frequently Asked Questions
Green Crown Benefits, Incentives and Recognition
Apply to be a Green Crown
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