Charlie's Main Street Cafe in Minot now using paper straws

MINOT, N.D. - Using papers straws have been the focus of many recent efforts to cut down on plastic waste.

The new trend made its way to one of Minot's most traditional restaurants.

Charlies' Owner Tiffany Craig says she started using paper straws instead of plastic because it bridges the gap between two things she loves, sustainability and running her restaurant.

Minot might be far away from any oceans, but that's not stopping her from trying to protect them.

“I love the ocean and I want to do everything I can to make even the smallest impact in a positive way. So I thought why not start here,” Craig said.

The switch happened only a month ago and Craig admits there were some challenges at first. The paper straws are more expensive than plastic.

The restaurant went through a straw shortage during the transition, spurring the idea to provide re-usable straws for their most frequent customers.

“The regular plastic straws were a little bit smaller than this and they're about the size of the paper straws. But I prefer this. The paper straw is ok,” said Charlie’s regular Bob Richter.

Craig says she hopes to be a trendsetter for other businesses in Minot looking to be more sustainable.