In 1999 Melissa Murphy didn’t know if a Wyoming vegetarian restaurant would last.
Nineteen years later on a family visit to Laramie, the first, second and even third food recommendations we solicited unanimously pointed to Sweet Melissa.
“And I’m not even a vegetarian! . . .” punctuated each endorsement.
Researchers at Carnegie Melon University found that eliminating meat one day a week has the same effect on greenhouse gas emissions as cutting 1,000 miles of driving a year.5
Vegetarian and no straws – environmental act
“A vegetarian restaurant is an environmental act,” Melissa said.
And in a similar way, so are her recent efforts to reduce plastic straws and water use.
One straw at a time, Melissa is cutting back on the 500 million plastic straws used and discarded each day in the United States.
Yet weaning café customers and staff off plastic straws has been a three-year process, she noted.*
Still, one straw at a time, Melissa is cutting back on the 500 million plastic straws used and discarded each day in the United States. 6
Other environmental acts at Sweet Melissa include a commitment to recycling that began in 1999.
Additionally, they participate in composting through the Acres Student Farm7 at the University of Wyoming.
And take-out cups and food containers are now corn-based versus petroleum.
When asked to define social justice, Melissa quoted a Unitarian Universalist principle: “The inherent worth and dignity of every person.”
“. . . and animals,” she added.
For more information on plastic straws
please see the blog resource page.
*for now plastic straws are used on the Tavern side.
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Ellen Synakowski lives in Laramie, Wyoming.
Her website is EllenSynakowski.com
“Never forget that justice is what love looks like in public.”1 Cornell West