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2 healthy restaurants in Dallas and Plano oust onerous plastic straws

2 healthy restaurants in Dallas and Plano oust onerous plastic straws

Houston, Bellagreen
This delicious meal will come with less plastic. Courtesy of Bellagreen

Texas healthy restaurant chain Bellagreen is taking the "green" part of its name seriously by joining a small but heroic cabal of restaurants that have come out against plastic straws.

According to a release, all eight Bellagreen locations are now offering paper straws and to-go bags only. That includes the two locations in North Texas, at 8041 Walnut Hill Ln. at The Hill in Dallas, and in Plano at the Shops at Legacy.

The company, which is based in Houston, made a pledge to cut its plastic footprint in half by March 2020.

The cost of going with paper over plastic will be $40,000 annually; no wonder restaurants are so reluctant to change their ways.

But Bellagreen CEO Jason Morgan says that they believe the positive impact on the earth is more than worth the investment.

"At Bellagreen, we are committed to contributing to a better world for the communities we serve by using high-quality foods and sustainable environmental practices," Morgan says. "We couldn't be more excited to start the new year off even greener than the last."

In addition to reducing plastic waste, Bellagreen decreases its ecological footprint through water conservation, alternative power, pollution reduction, sustainable sourcing practices, and upcycled furnishing and building materials to maintain harmony with the environment.

Bellagreen was founded in 2008 as Ruggles Green before changing its name to Bellagreen in 2017. Its American bistro menu includes appetizers, soups, salads, sandwiches, tacos, burgers, pizzas, pastas, and desserts.

Notable menu items include their signature brick chicken, goat cheese arugula salad, and white chocolate bread pudding. Burger options include Angus beef, buffalo, turkey, or veggie, and come with choice of fries, sweet potato fries, or quinoa salad.

There are options for gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan, and vegetarian.

The menu offers Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) certified seafood, Texas angus beef, and an extensive selection of Sustainability In Practice (SIP) certified wines.