Business owners in almost every industry are becoming much more environmentally savvy in today’s market due to the fact that consumers respond very well to organizations that make sustainable choices within their operations. Wahoo! Sustainability has blown up within the past several years (awesome!) and to ignore it is a mistake that you don’t want to make (tisk tisk.) Making yourself aware of the options that are available for you and your organization to go “green” is smart and will only benefit you in the long run.
A common misconception with going “green” is that it’s too expensive. People make the mistake of not thinking long term and only focus on what it’s going to cost right now. There are several green options that can be very costly but in the long run, will be highly worth the cost. With that being said, there are also several less expensive sustainable routes you can take that will make a significant impact on your organization as well as the environment.
Let’s start with composting; the process of recycling decomposed organic materials into a rich soil known as compost. Composting is a great way for restaurants to incorporate and promote a sustainable activity that will get the entire staff involved. Successful composting programs will benefit your restaurant as well as the environment by reducing garbage disposal fees, decreasing the need for landfill space and showing customers you’re environmentally conscious. (Need we say more?)
Another great way to enhance your restaurants green image is to convert to compact fluorescent light bulbs. By making the switch to CFL bulbs, you will help lessen your carbon footprint on the earth while saving energy and money. Compared to incandescent bulbs, CFL bulbs last up to 10 times longer (awesome again!) and can also be recycled which keeps more materials out of landfills (triple awesome!)
Restaurants produce a lot of grease and unwanted cooking oil on a daily basis. A great alternative energy is recycling that used cooking oil into biofuel which can be converted into methane to run sewage plants as well as used for boiler fuel for sewage plants and high-grade biofuel for vehicles (pretty cool huh?.)
Recycling used cooking oil isn’t the only thing that can be recycled within your restaurant. Implementing effective recycling programs offer economic benefits and promote a positive impact on the environment. Other items that can be recycled include plastics, cardboard, glass, metal cans and paper. Teach your employees to care about the environment by recycling on a daily basis.
It’s important to recycle everything you can within your restaurant not only to do right by the environment but to set a good example for your employees. Setting sustainable standards within your restaurants operation will only inspire others to do the same in their daily life inside and outside of work.
These are just a few green options that you can utilize to enhance sustainability within the operation of your restaurant. Green initiatives are endless and to take advantage of what’s available today is a smart way to go. Don’t miss out on improving the performance of your restaurant by making small sustainable changes that in the end will only benefit you!