Tip of the Day: Go Green!
Between buying produce and meat from local farmers to re-vamping the way they take care of “trash,” many businesses have been making the move to a more resource-friendly way of doing things. Do you wish to create a more "green" business? KaTom is here to help with a few tips to make your business environmentally friendly.
Waste Less, Waste Smarter
A single restaurant can throw away 30% of the food they serve in a day. Crazy, but true. Believe it or not, most of the waste in your restaurant can be recycled in some form. Composting is the act of letting organic matter decay to be used later as fertilizing soil. While creating compost for your restaurant may be harder than for your home, due to the amount of scraps generated, there is hope. Many areas have added a composting facility that will accept waste from commercial businesses. This website is a great tool to use to find a composting facility!
Did you know your food scraps can actually help to aid the local farming community? If you aren’t into the idea of composting, why not consider donating your food scraps to a local cattle, pig, or worm farm? The farmers will be able to feed their animals for less while your business cuts garbage costs!
While many foods, papers, and even grass trimmings can be composted, used oil cannot be. Thankfully, there are still options for creating a more sustainable oil-disposal program in your kitchen. Many restaurants have begun using their old fryer oil to create biodiesel. Biodiesel can be used as fuel for everything from buses to farm trucks.
Recycling is Fun!
Let’s not forget about recycling! Recycling all of your extra paper, cardboard boxes, bottles, and cans to be re-used later is a great way to increase sustainability.
Instead of using standard urinals in your establishment’s restroom, why not use more eco-friendly waterless urinal models? They accomplish the same job and will help to drastically cut the amount of energy and water used by your establishment.
The same goes for low-flow faucets and pre-rinse units. When it comes to the larger equipment used in your restaurant, energy efficient models are where it’s at. Fryers, dishwashers, ice makers, ovens, and even refrigeration come in energy efficient designs that are sure to cut out a lot of your energy usage.
Are your cutting boards and kitchen utensils made of sustainable materials? They can be! Many lines, like Epicurean, specialize in bringing recycled products to the kitchen prep area.
Cleanliness is Next to Greenliness!
Cleaning , both your restaurant floors and your produce, is another factor to consider. Instead of using potentially carcinogenic chemicals to clean, opt to use more biodegradable cleaning solutions. Using an Ozone cleaner for rinsing your produce will not only clean your veggies but it will make them last longer!
Dinnerware can also be VERY sustainable. Sustainable dinnerware is made with renewable resources like bamboo. Another cool factor about buying sustainable dinnerware is that, once it breaks, you don’t have to worry as much about how long it will take to biodegrade in a landfill. KaTom Restaurant Supply carries dinnerware that (once in a compostable environment) will begin biodegrading in just 90 days!
There are also smarter alternatives to disposable takeout dinnerware. Many have begun offering their guests reusable, eco-friendly take out containers that can be washed. These containers, therefore, will not have to go to the landfill. Considering disposable Styrofoam plates, cups, and bowls can take at least a decade to break down, reusable takeout containers are a GREAT option.
These are just some of the ways that you can make your business more eco-friendly. Apply a few of these techniques and your business will benefit and the environment will thank you!