What Does “Green” Mean?
In this context, green means being practicing environmentally friendly procedures which helps reduce Earth’s pollution. This can be achieved in several different ways; Through minimizing food waste, reducing energy usage, etc.
5 Ways You Can Go Green Today
I know it sounds like a process to convert your restaurant to a cleaner system, but the methods mentioned above (and others not yet mentioned) can be quite quick and easy.
1. Minimize Any Food Waste
This is one of the simpler ways we will be discussing. It’s no secret that customers like to have a hearty portion of food on average. However, if you’re delivering your dishes in too large of a serving, they can potentially end up throwing away a decent amount of it. Also, if you’re not paying attention to your food’s freshness, it can expire before you know it, resulting in further waste. One way to control this is by using the First In, First Out method. You can choose to be creative and use various food scraps, such as veggies, to make new dishes like soups. Even fruits that are overripe can be used in baked goods.
2. Switch To Eco-Friendly Cleaning Products
Maintaining cleanliness in your restaurant is of paramount importance, but an abundance of cleaning products on the market tend to contain harsh chemicals that can cause damage to the environment. Try choosing some environmentally friendly alternatives next time you shop for cleaning supplies. To take it a step further, steam clean your floors and carpeting. This will reduce the need for any chemicals.
3. Reduce Water Usage
Your foodservice establishment will be using water. A lot. And since a lot of fresh water sources are being depleted at a rapid rate, it may be a good idea to start conserving as much as possible. One of the best ways to go about this is by using low flow spray valves. This will allow you to use significantly less water when washing dishes. Another way you can make a difference is by switching your current plumbing with water-saving toilets. The less water needed to flush, the less waste there will be.
4. Energy-Efficient Appliances
Just like with water, restaurants use a vast amount of electricity to power equipment. Which is why in recent times, top foodservice manufacturers have begun developing commercial kitchen equipment with maximum energy-efficiency. It may seem out of your budget to switch to appliances, but you can always look into refurbished or scratch-and-dent units. Or you could always wait once your older appliances begin to show signs of serious wear. Once you go Energy Star, you won’t wanna go back.
5. Switch to Biodegradable
Plastic disposables may seem convenient, but they are quite costly when it comes to the environment. Instead of using traditional plastic dinnerware and utensils, you can consider switching to biodegradable alternatives that use recycled materials such as PLA plastic or bamboo. Restaurateurs tend to be wary of going this route under the misconception that they will be flimsy and not as good of quality, but with new advancements in eco-friendly application, they are just as durable.
Implementing even one of these changes to your foodservice establishment can have a positive impact on the environment. You will also see a reduction in the cost of food and utilities. Everyone is a winner!