Eco-friendly Restaurants for Green DiningDownload Audio Version
Eco-friendly restaurants offer sustainable food and have onsite water purification systems, organic gardens, and solar-powered technologies. They use biodegradable products, including straws, containers, and utensils and produce sausages, jams, vinegars, and wine in-house. This is a good way to produce organic products and save on transportation.
Equipment and Supplies
Eco restaurants use supplies that are free of toxic chemicals and are safe for customers, staff, and the environment. They use green detergents to wash dishes and steam clean the carpets and floors to avoid harsh cleaning solutions. Eco-friendly tools also include buckets made from recycled plastic and stainless steel. Some restaurants also use brooms with cloth or microfiber heads that are made from recycled or sustainably harvested wood. Many restaurants also use eco-friendly mops, dusters, cloths, and other tools. Cotton, microfiber, and cellulose are good choices. Microfiber saves water while cotton and cellulose are green choices because they are biodegradable.
Energy Efficiency and Packaging
Another way to go green is to upgrade the equipment and buy energy-efficient freezers, refrigerators, ovens, steamers, ice makers, dishwashers, and other appliances. Green restaurants also use products that require minimum packaging to reduce waste. They also use products with packaging made from biodegradable materials, packaging with lower volume and mass, and reduced packaging.
Green Restaurant Menus
Some restaurants offer vegan and vegetarian menus while others offer comfort food such as noodle bowls, fresh salads, humus, curries, and others. Some restaurants also offer different menus to suit their customers’ preferences and diet choices. For example, they offer a gluten-free menu, green brunches, organic desserts, etc. Many diners offer a wide selection of starters, salads, main meals, sides, burgers, and sammies. Customers can try Moroccan pork, asparagus and tortellini, Thai peanut, chicken and artichoke salad, coconut curry, tahini coleslaw, and other sides and dishes. Green restaurants also use fresh seasonal produce and organic fruits and vegetables to offer high-quality, healthy meals. In addition, they use organic dairies, fish, and meat. Examples of organic fish include halibut, cod, trout, and salmon reared in fish farms. When caught in the river or see, fishes are not considered organic. Eco dairy products have become increasingly popular, and many restaurants add them to their menus and meal options. Milk from sheep, goats, and cows can be labeled organic. Restaurants use organic sour cream, cottage cheese, butter, cheese, milk, and other dairy products. Animals raised for organic meat are not given growth stimulants and hormones, antibiotics, and food that contains pesticides. In general, organic food is free of insecticides, pesticides, preservatives, and other chemicals and is produced by organic farmers. Restaurant managers buy food from different sources, including family farms, farmers markets, organic food stores, and others. While some restaurants use organic produce, many food processing plants, organic farms, and other producers rely on nonrenewable sources of energy. To this, restaurants try to incorporate many green practices to reduce their environmental footprint. For example, they offer tap water instead of bottled water because plastic bottles contribute to environmental pollution and resource depletion. Bottled water may contain contaminants as well.
Other Sustainable Practices
Certified green restaurants adopt good practices to offer quality food and minimize pollution. For example, they focus on menu innovation and diversification to incorporate more locally grown foods. Recipes from the Thai, Chinese, Japanese, and Indian cuisine are modified to include local fruits, vegetables, and other ingredients. Some restaurants also grow herbs in their gardens to be used as meal ingredients. Many restaurants also embrace the motto “Think global, eat local” to attract eco-conscious customers.
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