Thursday, April 22, 2010

Earth Day in your restaurant

There is much that a restaurant can do to help the sustainability of the Earth. Menu's can highlight simple plant based items. Processes can maximize the use of recycled products. Design can maximize energy reduction processes.

Creating a viable business with an Earth sustainability focus requires new methods because the old way is not working. Every day your competitors are looking for ways to accomplish that very task. Are you going to let them succeed without your own effort? Protein based menus will not disappear however they need to be integrated with offerings that reduce impact on the planet.

The future is taking shape as PRnewswire explains

Vegetarianism is the most sustainable way of eating and being. Vegetarian food has a lighter ecological footprint, reduced resource impacts, and lower carbon emissions than non-vegetarian equivalents. Our goal is to provide consumers with the quantifiable and measurable benefits of each delicious vegetarian alternative they choose at Otarian, and thus, empower them to make a positive impact on the environment one meal at a time," said Mrs. Oswal, a lifelong vegetarian and committed environmentalist.

"We are very pleased to have Otarian participate, alongside 70 organizations from around the world as a road tester of our new Product Life Cycle Accounting and Reporting Standard," said Pankaj Bhaita, Director of GHG Protocol at WRI. "By participating as a road tester, Otarian will provide some interesting insight into the application of supply chain tools within the food sector, which may ultimately affect the food choices consumers make in the future."