Discovering sustainable spots in Miami, FL
Spending 4 days going around Miami and trying to keep to the tenets of sustainability has been a real challenge! Plastic is ABSOLUTELY EVERYWHERE!
While there are some cafes and restaurants like The Lunch Box in Wynwood (north downtown Miami and KYU, using local ingredients (also in Wynwood) or Dirt (one of my favourites as they offer gluten free options and have fully recycled and biodegradable packaging) that are trying to do their best to use local ingredients, refusing plastic etc and I highly recommend them… the city overall needs to step up!
So, if you are going to Miami on holidays I’d recommend a couple of things:
- Take a reusable bottle with you. They normally have plastic bottles everywhere but if you ask nicely, they’ll have no problem refilling it for you (Tap water is great in the States!).
- Sit down for your coffee or meal to avoid any take away packaging.
- Check beforehand if the cafe uses paper and plastic cups. Most of them only have take away cups and will serve your coffee in a paper cup.
- Always make it clear that you don’t want a straw. We, Europeans, are used to having to ask for a straw if we want it or simply having them available on the counter at our discretion. This is unlikely in the States, if you don’t ask for it not to be there, they’ll add it to your soda.
- Avoid takeaway only places – most of them have either plastic packaging or compostable packaging (with no compost to compost it in), sit down restaurants are your best bet.
- Do a quick research before going out for a bite! Check out the restaurants the first part of the post and try some of them if you are in the area.
Have you been to Miami? Did you also struggle? Tell us about your favourite spots in the comments!