Live Green: Mother’s Cantina
OCEAN CITY, MD– In Ocean City, there’s a restaurant that offers great food and sustainable products for consumers. From growing their own herbs to carry out orders, Mother’s Cantina places an emphasis on being green. This week on Live Green, Meteorologist Sloane Haines spoke to Ryan James, the Chef and Owner of Mother’s Cantina.
Mother’s Cantina is not only known for its mouthwatering food. The restaurant is also recognized for its green initiatives like composting waste. Since the doors opened twelve years ago, the owners tell us they have been searching for eco-friendly solutions.
“I was actively trying to capitalize on those solutions. And not necessarily the cheapest solutions, but the most environmentally friendly approach to packaging, to energy, to trash disposal,” said Ryan James.
Mother’s Cantina is part of the Maryland Green Registry, which means they have to set green, achievable goals each year. They’ve already checked off their 2020 goal to stay plastic free and have already started on 2021’s mission.
“Our 2021 goal is we just purchase a new building for our new restaurant on 78th street and we are going to set up a solar project there and wind project. So, our goal is to get most of our energy for that building from renewable resources,” stated James.
A few other green initiatives to reduce their carbon foot print include working with local food vendors and recycling whenever possible. They also include the customers in the green experience with compostable takeout containers, hay cocktail straws and more.
“So this is a cornstarch straw. You can’t tell the difference between this and a plastic straw. I could give them to you side by side and you would never know. But, this is completely compostable and edible. I wouldn’t recommend it but you could– if you were really hungry you could,” said James.
To take it one step further – you could even bring your own Tupperware or reusable straws when you visit any local restaurant. These changes might seem small, but you’ll be making a green difference – just like Mother’s Cantina – on Delmarva.
If you’re craving Tex-Mex or want to learn more about Mother’s Cantina’s green initiatives, please visit their website. Here, you can find their menu, hours of operation and more.
As always, if you know a green business on Delmarva please send their contact information to Meteorologist Sloane Haines.