Being kinder to the environment is not just a fad it is something we all need to do going forward. Many entities in the hospitality industry have embraced this truth and we are seeing major changes going on in the space.
Companies like Dawnvale are leading the way in terms of sustainable restaurant design and construction. However, there is only so much that they can do. Each and every establishment needs to play their part.
The following are some ways in which restaurants are implementing sustainability in their processes:
A phrase that has become popular in the hospitality industry is ‘farm to table’. It means that restaurants are sourcing their food directly from the source and handling it all the way to when it shows up on your plate.
By doing so, they are able to cut out the middleman and plenty of the unsustainable practices that go on between the farmer and when food reaches he restaurant.
It is also ensuring that a lot fresher produce is served to customers. In some cases, the restaurant may have their own farm or garden from which they source their food.
A substantial part of increasing sustainability and reducing the impact on the environment is reducing the amount of waste we produce. This can be done in a variety of ways including recycling, reusing and simply improving efficiency in the kitchen in terms of less wastage.
Another way that restaurants are producing less waste is by offering les choices. If you are offering more than ten items on your menu, then you can be sure that there will be a lot of waste. By offering less, you raise the quality and minimize the waste.
Many restaurants now have a no waste policy where consumers are charged if they waste any food. Organizations that collect remaining food to feed animals or turn it into broth are also part of the solution.
Commercial kitchens in restaurants use a lot of energy. According to the International Journal of Low-Carbon Technologies, in the UK alone, commercial kitchens use enough energy to power 590,000 houses.
The main reason for the high energy use in commercial kitchens is the appliances. Therefore, by acquiring kitchen appliances that consume much less energy, restaurants can significantly reduce their impact on the environment.
Another step many restaurants are taking in this direction is using renewable energy sources. You will find plenty of restaurants with solar panels on the roof and using other less carbon intensive energy sources.
It is said that if people were to reduce their consumption of meat and meat related products, we would reduce our carbon footprint by at least 33%. Therefore, it is no surprise that we are seeing more vegan restaurants and traditional restaurants offering more vegan choices.
It is clear that the current model of animal rearing is not sustainable. So by offering more plant based meals, restaurants are contributing to the obsolescence of outdated systems.
Even when serving meat or fish, more restaurants are now ensuring that they come from places that don’t negatively affect the environment.