Seminole Tribe of Florida leads Hard Rock Cafe to a straw-free existence

The tribe's six casinos across Florida will all make the change, citing concern for the environment and sustainability.

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By Labor Day, all six Florida casinos owned by Seminole Gaming — part of the Seminole Tribe of Florida — will go straw-free. This includes Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Tampa, Hollywood Classic Casino, Coconut Creek, Seminole Casino Hotel Immokalee, Seminole Classic Casino in Hollywood and Seminole Brighton Casino.

The Hard Rock Cafe's longstanding motto has been "Save the Planet," and "this is only an extension of the commitment we made to do just that 47 years ago," Tracy Bradford, Senior Vice President of Purchasing, said.

In addition to removing single-use plastic straws (each Hard Rock will offer earth-friendlier straws instead), by the middle of this month (round about today), the casinos will have paper to-go bags only.

So, yeah — that's happening pretty fast. 

"We are moving quickly in making these changes, as our awareness increases of damaging effect on the environment of the constant flow of single-use plastic products," Katherine Lindo wrote on the Seminole Hard Rock Tampa blog.

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Cathy Salustri

Cathy's portfolio includes pieces for Visit Florida, USA Today and regional and local press. In 2016, UPF published Backroads of Paradise, her travel narrative about retracing the WPA-era Florida driving tours that was featured in The New York Times. Cathy speaks about Florida history for the Osher Lifelong Learning...
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