04. Mar 2021

A collaboration with a company focused on restoring our oceans  

Shake Shack, which describes itself as a modern day “roadside” burger stand, is introducing AirCarbon cutlery and straws at select locations by joining forces with Restore Foodware.

Shake Shack has announced that it is introducing AirCarbon cutlery and straws - the natural and biodegradable cutlery launched in 2020 and produced by Restore Foodware - at select locations. AirCarbon is certified carbon-negative by Carbon Trust and SCS Global Services - it reduces  the amount of carbon in the air through production. As a natural material, AirCarbon contains no synthetic plastics, PLA or synthetic glues, requires no food crops for production and is home compostable, soil degradable and ocean-friendly, degrading naturally if it ends up in the environment.
Shake Shack locations in West Hollywood and Long Beach in California, Madison Square Park and West Village in New York and Miami Beach in Florida will pilot the AirCarbon cutlery and straws, along with a new Shake Shack location in Santa Monica when it opens this spring.
“Shake Shack has been committed to elevating the guest experience and taking care of our community since our early beginnings helping conserve Madison Square Park in New York City,” said Jeffrey Amoscato, Senior Vice President Supply Chain & Menu Innovation. “We’re always seeking new, innovative ways to become more sustainable as a business and continue our mission of Standing for Something Good, and that applies to the packaging and ingredients we use and their impact on our planet. By working with change-making products in the industry, like Restore’s AirCarbon cutlery and straws, we will be able to learn and apply more environmentally friendly solutions to our operations now and over time.”
“Our mission is to help end the flow of plastics into the ocean for this generation by replacing them with materials that work for both people and the planet,” said Mark Herrema, CEO at Newlight Technologies, the parent company of Restore Foodware. “We are thrilled to pilot Restore’s AirCarbon foodware with Shake Shack, who share a commitment to combining quality with sustainability so we can help our oceans heal.”

Shake Shack’s pilot program with Restore’s AirCarbon cutlery and straws is one of many steps Shake Shack is taking to reduce their waste footprint. Across the West Coast, from San Diego to Seattle, Shake Shack will also roll out new aluminum water bottles to replace SHACK 2|O plastic water bottles at select locations. Shake Shack’s new aluminum water bottles are 100% reusable, 100% recyclable and BPA free with triple filtered 7.4 pH Spring water. Shake Shack will continue to evaluate its packaging program and seek out more sustainable solutions.

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