Simple Ways to Make Your Restaurant More Sustainable
Throughout the past couple of years, we’ve seen different trends take off throughout the food industry like Uber Eats, Doordash, and Rainbow Bagels. There’s one trend that we hope will stick around for the long run, which is the rise of sustainable restaurants. As 2019 begins and you create your New Year’s resolutions for you and your restaurant, more restaurants and cafes are making a statement and have become determined to contribute to the fight for Mother Nature.
Becoming green isn’t easy because you still have to keep the lights and the ovens running to put that delicious food on the table. The experts at Berk International have figured out some creative and practical measures to turn your restaurant green!
Normally when you go to a restaurant, your server will automatically bring the table water out of habit or tradition. How many times have you seen glasses of water that have been untouched after your customers have left the table? Asking customers before you pour will help your restaurant save water. Reducing your water usage isn’t only good for the environment, it’s good for your wallet as well!
Use Environmentally Friendly Products
Using environmentally products or hiring a company that promotes the environment can go a long way. A simple step to go green is using fabric napkins instead of paper napkins that become landfill. Just by making that switch alone, a single restaurant can save 20,000 trees per year. Changing out the towels in the restrooms to towels made from recycled materials is another way to go green!
There are three categories that all restaurants should separate their waste into — landfill, recycle, and compost. Most restaurants are fast-paced and everyone from the servers to the line cooks are juggling five different tasks at once. This might seem like a waste of time, but your staff will become accustomed to separating waste before you know it.
Buy Locally & Cook Seasonally
Who doesn’t love fresh food? Nothing tastes better than local fresh fruits and veggies that are in season. Do some research on what foods are in season and check out your local farms. This might require a little creativity from your chefs, but this is a great way to make your restaurants more sustainable.
Some of these tasks might seem daunting, but it took time for even the most sustainable restaurants to get where they are at today. These are just a few of the ways that you can help your restaurant and our amazing planet Earth. At Berk International, we are focused on lowering our environmental impact and helping restaurants do the same. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help your company go green!