SAN FRANCISCO—Loliware, the world’s first seaweed-resin company, announced the launch of a new partnership with José Andrés Group (JAG), whose restaurants across the globe span cuisines and cultures, price points, and service styles. Loliware straws will make their Chicago debut this week at Bar Mar, Bazaar Meat by José Andrés, and Jaleo, before expanding to properties in D.C. and later at José Andrés Group restaurants across the country.
“The food system is not just about what is on the plate but the plate itself, the fork in your hand, and the straw in your drink,” said Sam Bakhshandehpour, President of José Andrés Group. “We’re excited to partner with Loliware to bring an innovative product to our restaurants as well as continue to create and push the boundaries of service ware.”
In addition to featuring the ocean-friendly products, JAG’s Research & Development team will collaborate with Loliware to create one-of-a-kind serve ware. This partnership aims to showcase the synergy between Andrés’ award-winning creativity and a shared commitment to purpose-driven dining. “We are thrilled to partner with José Andrés Group to provide Loliware products across the country,” said Loliware CEO Sea F. Briganti. “Partnering with such an iconic group, led by a world leader in culinary innovation and humanitarian relief is a tremendous honor, and speaks to the game-changing potential of our SEATech resins.”
According to estimates by National Geographic Magazine and other sources, over 100 million plastic utensils are used in the U.S. each day and are among the most common items found polluting beaches and ocean life worldwide. Loliware’s innovative seaweed-resin straws and utensils look and act like plastic but can compost completely within 50 days. The company’s mission expands beyond eliminating plastic waste to include responsible ocean aquaculture and fair-trade practices. Produced in Missouri, Loliware forks, knives and spoons are the world’s first seaweed-based utensils and will give new alternatives with which to limit single-use plastics ending up in landfills and oceans.