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FEB 26 – MAR 3, 2024

It is time for Toledo to “Do Better.”

Northwest Ohio is currently seeing a revitalization. We are growing. People are proud to live here and proud to call it home. With a growing sense of community, though, we need to make sure that we are taking care of our communal spaces and our communal resources. This year, Leadership Toledo and Keep Toledo/Lucas County Beautiful are partnering to launch a Sustainable Restaurant Program as part of Restaurant Week Toledo.

So, you may see some changes this year at your favorite restaurants. This may include less single-use plastic items, no straws unless you specifically ask for them, compostable products, to-go orders not in plastic bags and better options for recycling. 

Please be patient with our restaurants as they implement some of these new initiatives. Or even better — show them that you support these efforts! Each restaurant will receive a “Sustainable Leaf” rating of 1 through 5. As you choose which restaurants you visit this Restaurant Week, use the SORT function to find those locations that are making efforts to be more sustainable.

The Facts

  • Food waste has grown by 204% since the 1960s. On average, Americans throw away 40% of their food.
  • 250 million tons of trash is generated each year in the United States.
  • About 1 million plastic bags are used every minute.
  • The average American throws away about 185 pounds of plastic per year. This includes 35 billion plastic water bottles.
  • 2500 metric tons of plastic flows into Lake Erie every year.
  • There is an estimated 50 billion pieces of litter along roads and waterways in the United States.
  • We consume about a credit card’s worth of plastic each week through what we eat and drink, and 93% of all bottled water contains microplastics.
About Leadership Toledo

Lead. connect. grow. serve.

Leadership Toledo exists to cultivate a community of leaders dedicated to serving with authenticity and purpose. Through skill development and experiential educational opportunities, Leadership Toledo guides adult and teenage participants to maximize the impact of their leadership roles and responsibilities in their workplaces, schools and community.