Is Your Local Restaurant Eco-Friendly? Here’s How to Tell
December 19th, 2017 by Liberty Burger
Nowadays, it seems like you find restaurants everywhere advertising themselves as eco-friendly. However, some of these restaurants are less ‘friendly’ than others. They might only have one or two eco-friendly aspects of their business that don’t outweigh the rest of their environmental footprint. Fortunately, there are things to look for to help you determine that a local restaurant is as environmentally conscious as they advertise themselves to be.
Compostable MaterialsSome of the most environmentally detrimental aspects of the restaurant business is the fact that every day, a whole lot of napkins, to-go bags and packaging are thrown in the garbage. Environmentally conscious businesses recognize this waste and will use compostable materials for these supplies. Another eco-friendly practice that a local restaurant can implement is creating a compost heap for these supplies as well as food that has been disposed of. They will then pick up the heap and bring it to local gardens to be used as fertilizer. This is the best way to put all of those materials to good use. Some extremely eco-conscious restaurants will then use the plants grown at these gardens for their dishes.
Reuse & RecycleAt restaurants, empty bottles can really pile up. Rather than simply throwing bottles out, eco-friendly restaurants will find ways to reuse and recycle them. For example, some restaurants will donate empty bottles to breweries and local artists. Rather than ending up at a landfill, the empty bottles are repurposed for others to enjoy for both drinks and art. Also, eco-friendly restaurants recycle all of the packaging they use. Needless waste is quite harmful to the environment. An eco-friendly local restaurant will do everything they can to mitigate the damage and benefit others while doing so.
Eco-Friendly BuildingWhen looking into how eco-friendly a local restaurant is, the building itself is often overlooked. In construction, there are many materials used that are quite harmful to the environment. An eco-friendly restaurant will make sure that during the construction of the building, the most environmentally sound building materials are used and there is minimal waste during construction. Aside from the building itself, an eco-friendly restaurant will make sure that the equipment they use day-to-day conserves the most energy possible and is constructed in an environmentally conscious manner. These restaurants will look for Energy Star certifications for their dishwashers, ovens, etc. Another thing eco-friendly restaurants consider is the cleaning products they use. Many cleaning products have toxic chemicals that when released into the environment, can harm plants, animals and even people. They will use cleaning products that are less harmful to our planet.
Social ContributionEco-friendly efforts by a local restaurant may also include supporting community based environmental organization. Eco-friendly restaurants will often support causes that benefit the environment as well as society at large. These restaurants prove that they not only consider the environment in their day-to-day operations, but they use their profits to continue supporting mother nature and our fellow humans.
A Truly Eco-Friendly Local RestaurantRather than search far and wide for a restaurant like this, why not head to a restaurant that guarantees that it checks every eco-friendly practice off the list. Liberty Burger is an environmentally and socially conscious establishment that truly cares about the earth and the beings that inhabit it. We follow the ‘three r’s’ : Reduce – Reuse – Recycle in order to keep our locations as efficient and eco-friendly as possible. We serve unique and delicious burgers made from animals that were treated humanely. To bite into the best burger around while supporting mother nature and your fellow human, head to Liberty Burger today!
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