Charlotte Chapter

Rise Above Plastics Charlotte

Rise Above Plastics Silverware and Plastic Utensils offered upon request only

Local Restaurants “Choose to Reuse”

Sweet Lews BBQ becomes first in Charlotte upon request only
Sweet Lews BBQ launches Upon Request Only and featured on Fox46!

During COVID-19 we have seen a dramatic increase in take out across our city (and the rest of the world). With most people bringing their food home there is no need to pack single-use service-ware in the bag. During our monthly cleanups our numbers have skyrocketed for plastic ware, styrofoam clamshells and cups. Upon Request Only will help reduce the amount of plastic that ends up in our creeks, rivers and lakes. Restaurants that participate in this program and committing to take the necessary steps to keep Charlotte clean and plastic free.


  • Offer takeout service-ware UPON REQUEST ONLY
  • Use only reusable tableware for dining in
  • Switch to online or reusable menus
  • Encourage customers to Bring Your Own
  • Use NO Styrofoam to-go boxes or cups
  • Use non-plastic straws or only give out straws upon request
  • Use proper recycling practices
  • Offer your own reusables for to-go orders

Below is a list of local coffee shops, restaurants, bars and breweries that practice at least 3 of the sustainable criteria listed above.  Help Rise Above Plastics by supporting the following establishments:

If you know an establishment that is using sustainable practices please email us at

Are you passionate about reducing plastic pollution in our city? Do you want to be part of a community advocating for better policy. Now is a great time to join our Rise Above Plastics team. This team is all about getting Charlotteans to reduce and eliminate their single use plastics use, recycle right, and be an active voice in the city. If this sounds good to you, we would love to see you at our next meeting. Send us an email for more information or if you have any questions.

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