Today’s restaurant goers care more than ever about where their food comes from, responsible business practices and social responsibility. In short, they care about restaurant sustainability and they speak with their wallets. Sustainable practices are not only good for the environment, they can also save you money. With this in mind, we took some time to scour the web for the easiest ways to improve restaurant sustainability and have aggregated the best ones for you!
Restaurant Sustainability: Best Practices
- Source Local: According to lightspeedhq.com, “purchasing food from a local vendor or farmers’ market means that the trip to your restaurant is shorter and less gas has been used on the journey”. In addition, this supports local farmers and suppliers, and customers view this in a positive light.
- Cook What’s in Season: Openforbusiness.opentable.com suggests changing your menu four times a year (once for each season) and rotating new dishes in every six weeks or so to accommodate ingredients with short growing seasons. In addition, if you can grow it yourself, do it!
- Reduce, Reuse, Recycle: This is a very simple way to not only cut costs, but to improve your restaurant sustainability. According to buzztime, you can: buy kitchen and bar mats made from 100% recycled materials; recycle wood boxes, cardboard and glass bottles; and opt for beverage and takeout containers made from recycled paper or compostable materials.
- Recycle Fryer Oil: You may not even have to go anywhere to do this. According to starchefs.com “there are biofuel companies across the country that will pick it up and convert it”. The win is two-fold here. You recycle your old oil, and you provide a cleaner source of fuel.
- Don’t Waste Ice: It takes energy and water to make ice, so don’t just automatically refill ice bins. Starchefs.com suggests waiting until the bins get truly low, and only adding as much as needed to get through.
These tips are among the easiest to implement and can begin having a positive impact on your sales and reputation in the community. Little steps add up and make a big difference over time, so keep it up!