After listening to everyone talk about how their businesses are embracing environmentally friendly operations, you too may be thinking of going green at your restaurant. While this may be a very noble idea, it can be difficult to implement. This is because many restaurant operations consume a lot of water, energy, and eventually, produce a lot of waste. However, it is the huge volumes of resources consumed and waste produced that will make your restaurant’s going green have a greater impact than you would have initially imagined.
The first thing to do when working on a going green plan is to improve the management of major resources consumed in your restaurant business. Here, energy and water are the main culprits. Improved management will begin with staff awareness since they are the ones who actually use these resources most of the time.
Water management will involve:
- Installing more efficient water delivery systems.
- Turn off running water whenever it is not in use.
- Installing low flush toilets.
Energy management will involve:
- Replacing old electrical devices and installations.
- Switching off power and lighting systems when not in use.
- Using natural lighting and ventilation.
- Opting for manual processes where mechanization is not necessary.
After implementing better resource management, the next step will be to reduce the amount of waste produced in your restaurant. This will again begin with staff awareness as they are the ones involved in the process. The use of items and products that can be recycled is another excellent way of going green at your restaurant. You could also use compactors to reduce the size of waste and thus cut down on energy and resources needed to process it.
Going green at your restaurant will involve more than just a number of internal steps; you will also need to take some external measures to fully achieve the green status. These external measures will begin with switching to green suppliers who operate, deal in, and deliver environmentally friendly products. It would be rather redundant to work towards a green operation within your restaurant while you continue to obtain your supplies from companies that do not share your concerns for the environment.
In addition to working with green suppliers, you will also need to be involved in environmental causes within the community. While it is commendable to implement an environmentally responsible operation in your restaurant, there is a need to go a step further and contribute towards reversing the damage that has already been done to the environment. Participating in community projects or initiating them will go a long way in making yours at truly green restaurant.
While it may seem like a lot of trouble, there are some great benefits to running a green restaurant. Not only will you be playing a huge part in protecting our environment, you will also find that green operations are more cost effective. Furthermore, an ever increasing number of people are opting to spend their money at green restaurants. Instead of just considering going green at your restaurant, you should take the plunge and actually do it. There is a lot to be gained from it.