Going green is the current rage because of the impact it can have on the environment and your finances. As a chef or food service business owner there are many ways to go green in your kitchen. You will find that you save a significant amount of money through this process and you will feel good because you are doing something beneficial in the process.
Buy Energy Star Equipment When Possible
If you already have your equipment, then replacing it might not be in the budget. However, there will come a time when you do have to purchase new equipment items. At these times you will find that purchasing equipment that is rated energy star efficient will be beneficial to you. Each of these pieces of equipment are not only helpful to the environment, they consume much less energy and allow you to save money on your utility bills. Anytime it is possible you should purchase items that have an energy star rating.
While recycling seems quite simple, the fact is that it can be monumental in any business’ efforts to go green. Something as simple as separating plastic and paper will have a large impact on the environment over time. The best way to implement this and see success is to have stations set up around the kitchen in various work spaces. This allows your employees to see them easily and learn quickly what is expected of them when it comes to recycling. You will find that over time it becomes second nature to all of your employees.
Styrofoam is one way that restaurants continue to impact the environment in a negative way. This material is not biodegradable and therefore it is considered harmful to the environment that we live in. Most restaurants have Styrofoam take-out containers, cups and other to-go items. Instead of using Styrofoam, switch to a more earth-friendly choice such as recycled paper. Not only will you be making a small difference, it is likely that your customers will notice the effort quickly as well.
Water is one of the most used resources in every restaurant. There are a number of sinks and faucets throughout every building that are continuously in use. Not only does this allow the restaurant to consume far too much water, it also keeps those water bills quite high. Limiting the amount of water consumed will reduce both. One of the best ways to do this is through flow restrictors on every faucet. Many businesses have seen substantial savings through this method alone.
Buy Organic and Locally-Grown Foods
Support the use of natural substances by buying only organic and locally grown foods. While this may be slightly more expensive, generally you can make up the cost in your prices. Customers will appreciate knowing where their food is coming from and you will always know the food you serve is safe and sustainable.