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How can restaurants go green?

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Going green is a useful trend that is only growing in popularity over time. Therefore, every restaurateur with a modern approach to business should take an interest in how ecological solutions can affect the functioning of his restaurant. Guests are more likely to order take-out dishes in places where biodegradable packaging is available, and metal straws encourage them to buy drinks and soft drinks. Here are some ideas for green catering solutions.

On-site or take-out?

Restaurant customers-especially in recent times-very often choose to take their food with them instead of eating on-site. Whether they drop by your restaurant on their lunch break or on their way home from work, the food they order needs to be packaged in something. Gone are the plastic bags and plastic take-out packaging that were an absolute scourge not so long ago. A similar problem is the inclusion of plastic cutlery. You can easily find eco-friendly replacements – also remember that the best option is to ask if… you need them at all. A good restaurant also means eco-friendly take-out packaging. What plastics are used when it comes to food service packaging? You’ll find packaging, cutlery and utensils made from paper, wood or sugar cane in stores like ABC Group. It’s the easiest way to make your business greener and more environmentally friendly.

Something to drink?

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Every restaurant owner wants their guests to order not only main courses, but also desserts and drinks. As more and more people are opting out of using plastic tubes, it even happens that diners who use disposable straws get negative reviews online and are shunned by potential customers. The next time you order, look out for eco-friendly tubes, such as those made of steel. They work great for serving cold drinks, are functional, and often make great decorations as well due to the wide range of designs and colors available on the market. In addition, they can be washed in the dishwasher without any worries.

Stop wasting food

Statistics say that in the catering industry alone about 11.4 million tons of food is wasted annually. The numbers are shocking. How can you reduce food waste in your restaurant? First and foremost, start carefully tracking the waste that goes into your kitchen trash each day. A food waste log will help. This way, by writing down why certain products were wasted, you will quickly see the root of the problem and learn what to pay special attention to in the future. It’s important not to buy products to stock up on. It is also better to focus on seasonal fruits and vegetables, which will also save you some money.

Save energy

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Sounds complicated? It doesn’t have to be! If you want to do something good for the environment, you not only have to think about how you manage your home (including waste separation, water use, and electricity use), but also about what solutions you use in your restaurant. The kitchen is naturally the heart of any restaurant, so investing in good, high-quality, energy-efficient appliances is key to taking good care of the environment. The planet will really thank you if you opt for energy-efficient light bulbs or a refrigerator or other household appliances that don’t consume as much electricity. If you can, consider using other renewable energy sources as well. Photovoltaics, which are becoming increasingly popular lately, are a great solution in some cases.

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