Did you know a typical restaurant produces about 30 litres of food waste every day? Most of that can end up in a dumpster and then landfill.
For US restaurant owner, Justin Vrany of Sandwich Me In, this was a statistic he wanted no part of. Consequently, he’s come up with a green solution for practically everything.
All plastics, paper, glass and cardboard that comes into the store is recycled, and any food or biodegradable waste is composted. What this means is that he’s managed to get the store down to almost zero waste.
“We’re conservative with water for washing, use non-toxic cleaning products, and use renewable energy to power the store,” he says.
The payoff for going green
“It’s taken us almost two years to reach the 30 litres of waste statistic most restaurants experience as the norm. And the best part is, the busier we get, the more people that find out about us and want to support us, the wider our message spreads.
“Our customers would much rather come here knowing that all meat and produce is local, that we have almost zero waste, and we’re making a concerted effort to be sustainable for our kids and for all of us,” Vrany says.