Reduce, Reuse, Recycle: How Restaurants Can Maximize Environmentalism

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Environmentalism is a big focus in industry, and restaurants are no exception. Learn how restaurants can reduce waste, save money, and draw customers by reducing their environmental impact and modeling sustainable practices. Learn more at


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• Environmentalism has become a major focus across industries making it a necessity for competition. • As a business owner you have something of an environmental responsibility to make sure you’re not having a damaging impact on the planet and its resources. • Restaurants have the ability to reach customers at a personal level and encourage environmentalism through the way customers eat and live every day.

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• Environmental friendliness has become a profitable feature as many consumers are choosing to “vote with their money” by seeking out companies that have a strong environmental focus. • Reducing waste and reusing resources where appropriate can help your restaurant be more efficient and save quite a bit of money. • Various tax benefits may be available to you if your business meets certain environmental requirements like using efficient alternative energy sources solar wind biomass etc..

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• If you must use disposable items try to choose recyclable paper products over single-use plastics. • Try to eliminate disposable items as much as possible: • Remove plastic straws or replace them with biodegradable ones. • Replace plastic flatware with regular metal flatware. • Eliminate disposable plastic cups and bottles stop selling bottled waters and sodas.

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• Boxes cartons and to-go containers are often made from paper products but many recycling facilities will not accept them if soiled by food or grease. In these cases plastic may be better. • Promote reusable packaging to customers. A coffee shop might offer reusable cups that customers can bring in for a discount. • If reuse isn’t an option look into products made from new biodegradable materials as an alternative to plastics.

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• Carbon footprint: An estimate of your contribution to the emission of polluting carbon compounds. • Reduce the number of ways in which you contribute to fossil fuel use: • Switch to locally sourced ingredients shorter shipping distances less gas consumed. • Opt for electric appliances and heating over gas. • Consider “offsetting” some of your carbon emissions by investing in carbon-reduction efforts.

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• Invest in efficient dishwashers toilets and other fixtures that use less water to achieve results. • Reduce the need for exterior watering by opting for simple landscaping that is hearty and drought-resistant. Or collect rainwater in a rain barrel to be used for watering. • Install low-flow aerators on faucets and choose water-saving pre-rinse spray nozzles for the kitchen.

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• Choose energy-efficient appliances light bulbs building materials etc. • Increase the amount of natural light in dining areas to reduce the need for lamps and overhead lights. • Keep up with regular maintenance and inspections to make sure things like HVAC systems are functioning efficiently.

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• What your staff wears goes beyond just looking on brand. Clothing can be a huge contributor to wastefulness. • When investing in restaurant uniforms look for a company that has earned TRSA Clean Green Certification. • This means they are an active participant in reducing their water and energy consumption as well as lowering their carbon footprint.

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