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Green Resolutions for Consumers

Dining out has significantly grown in popularity, to the point that Americans now spend more money dining out than on groceries. Consumers have more of an impact than ever before while dining out, and luckily there are plenty of ways to dine green. The GRA has created a list of some Green Resolutions that consumers can implement in 2017. What is your green resolution for the year? We’d love to hear! Tag #DineGreen17 to be featured on our social media. Some ideas for you: Dine at a Certified Green Restaurant® Dine at restaurants that are accessible by public transportation Order a vegetarian dish Bring your own reusable take-out containers, straws, mugs, etc. Order only what you can eat Choos

Green Resolutions for Restaurants

Did you know that the U.S. restaurant industry produces about 100 billion pounds of trash a year and consumes 1/3rd of all the electricity in the retail sector? The impact that restaurants have on our planet is significant, but there are a variety of ways that restaurateurs can promote sustainable practices at their restaurant. The GRA has created a list of some Green Resolutions that restaurants can implement in 2017. What is your green resolution for the year? We’d love to hear! Tag #DineGreen17 on your green resolution to be featured on our social media. Some ideas for restaurants… Tell one fellow restaurateur about the GRA Replace conventional light bulbs with LEDs in restrooms Choose t

Why Compost?

The average restaurant produces about 100,000 pounds of trash a year. There are over 1 million restaurant locations in the United States. That is over 100 billion pounds of trash being created by U.S. restaurants alone. As we face environmental problems such as the Great Pacific Garbage Patch and overflowing landfills, more and more businesses should be looking for ways to reduce their waste. To reduce your waste most effectively, restaurants should be commercially composting both pre and post-consumer waste. This means both the scraps from cooking, and the waste from customer’s meals. The best things to commercially compost include fruit and vegetable scraps, meat, dairy, coffee grounds, te

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