Many a visitor and most locals regularly head to the North Beach section of Tybee Island for its family-friendly atmosphere, iconic lighthouse views, and the chance for a close encounter with frisky dolphins and enormous cargo ships. They’re also there to hang at the colorful North Beach Bar & Grill to enjoy Caribbean-themed food, outdoor music, and a perfect laid-back beach vibe. But did you know that NBB&G was also the first, and for a long time, the only restaurant on Tybee to ditch plastic bags, put leftovers in fiber boxes, switch drinks to plant-based cups, and eliminate plastic straws altogether? Need bottled water to go? It’s in an aluminum can.
Owners Kathryn and George have continually strived to reduce the restaurant’s waste and to ensure that anything that gets littered will biodegrade rapidly, limiting harm to the marine life that surrounds them. This is a serious commitment: single-use plastics, including styrofoam, are often half the cost of earth-friendly alternatives, representing a significant marginal difference to a small, locally-owned place like NBB&G. So, next time you visit this magical place, thank your servers and ask to see George or Kathryn and let them know that their leadership on reducing harmful waste is important to you and to the world. And tell your friends too!
About the Author @fightdirtytybee
Hi…I’m Tim on Tybee. I run the local beach cleaning group, Tybee Clean Beach, work on Fight Dirty Tybee’s anti-litter efforts and sit on the Boards of the Tybee Main Street Development Authority and the Savannah Chatham Sustainability Coalition (folks that produce Savannah’s Earth Day Festival). This blog is all about showcasing the many efforts that make Tybee Island a more sustainable place for people and marine life.