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Why Restaurants Should Go Green

Posted in bagasse,biodegradable,compostable,disposable tableware,eco-friendly,organic by primeware on July 27, 2010

The restaurant industry is one accustom to wastefulness. Styrofoam, plastic, and immense amounts of trash have been part of their operating systems for years. But this is the 21st century, and people are beginning to realize that its time to start taking care of our planet. So, slowly but surely the industry with the biggest carbon footprint is making a turn for the greener.

There are many ways to go about going green. Cutting down on water and electricity use is very simple and it doesn’t cost a thing. In fact, it saves money. Another thing that is fairly simple is to separate the recycling into three different categories: cardboard, glass, and cans. It is important to separate them because they are recycled differently and some recycling centers don’t separate them properly. Another way to go green isn’t just about the restaurants though, it’s also about the customers. Styrofoam to-go containers have ruled the industry and polluted our planet for as long as most of us can remember, but there are now other options!

Many restaurants have chosen to go green with their to-go containers: replacing plastic and Styrofoam with more eco-friendly options. Companies like PrimeWare are helping restaurants go green with their biodegradable and compostable disposable tableware. PrimeWare’s line includes plates, platters, hinged-lid containers, bowls, and trays all made from bagasse, which is a byproduct of the sugarcane refining process. Their line of cup carriers is made from 100% recycled materials.

The United Sates has nearly one million restaurants. The average restaurant produces 100,000 pounds of trash per year. Even if all restaurants did was make the change from Styrofoam to biodegradable and compostable to-go containers, it would make a huge difference. Going green is now easier than ever, and there is no time like the present. Happy greening!

Have you noticed any of your favorite restaurants making changes to become greener? Do you have any ideas about how restaurants can go green? Let us know what you think! We love to hear from you : )

Brought to you by PrimeWare Eco-Friendly Disposable tableware-Innovation for the Environment!
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  1. Jessica Biggs said,

    In a world of “greenwashing,” it’s hard to find restaurants that are actually following through with their promises. I dine at Certified Green Restaurants® by the Green Restaurant Association. I trust the GRA Certification Seal because the GRA works closely with its restaurant clients to ensure that all sustainable steps are being made. The GRA can prove what other restaurants falsely claiming to be “green” can’t. The GRA requires its clients meet eco-friendly standards in seven different categories including chemical/pollution reduction and waste reduction/recycling. You asked how restaurants can go greener – ditch the Styrofoam take-out containers and become a Certified Green Restaurant®. Visit http://www.dinegreen.com to find a list of Certified Green Restaurants® to truly dine green!

    • primeware said,

      Thanks for the comment, Jessica! We like the way you think! And we couldn’t agree more. Ditching Styrofoam is a great step restaurants can make towards going green! Becoming a Certified Green Restaurant is important as well, because it is real proof to customers that the “green” claims aren’t just a bunch of malarky, as they are at so many places.
      Thank you again for the comment, and Happy Greening!

    • Billy said,

      I think your comments sound a lot like an advertisement for the GRA. I don’t recall for sure, but does the GRA actually have products certified by independent third party sources? If not, GRA certification must be called into question as to it’s validity. In fact, the US government, in it’s most recent version of the Green Guide strongly suggests that producers of products not rely upon certifications from trade organizations, such as the GRA.


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