Deciphering Green Labels & Certifications

The Green Restaurant Association certification program includes hundreds of environmental standards in the categories of energy, water, waste, food, chemicals, disposables, and building. Many of those standards rely on the great work of various environmental organizations that have established their own standards for items such as sustainable seafood, compostable products, and energy efficiency. The topic of sustainability has become so popular that it is important that you rely on legitimate certifications. The Green Restaurant Association has created this guide to help you distinguish verified certifications, so you can offer accurate and transparent information to the customers at your

Certified Green Product Spotlight: PlateScrape™

The average restaurant uses 300,000 gallons of water a year, which is equivalent to 30 backyard swimming pools. As droughts continue to devastate ecosystems all over the world, it’s more important than ever to find ways to save water at your restaurant. So where is all that water getting used? Check out the EPA graphic below to see the ways a typical restaurant is using water. As you can see, over 50% of the water used in a typical restaurant is in the kitchen/dishwashing. The Green Restaurant Association recently certified an innovative product called PlateScrape™. This Certified Green Product can be used instead of a pre-rinse spray valve, but it consumes much less water and energy, which

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