Want to go green but don’t know where to start? You’ve come to the right place! I’m Jennifer Fleck, the Communications Manager for the Green Restaurant Association (GRA). The GRA is a national nonprofit organization helping restaurants become more environmentally sustainable. In its 21-year history, the GRA has worked with thousands of foodservice operations, including universities like Harvard and Northeastern, famous chefs like Mario Batali and Eric Ripert, and major corporations like Microsoft and InterContinental.
Recently, Souplantation and Sweet Tomatoes became 2 Star Certified Green Restaurants®, having certified 122 locations and accumulated between 100-135 GreenPoints™ per location.
In its commitment to going green, Souplantation and Sweet Tomatoes have implemented the following environmental steps:
- Using to-go containers made of 50% post-consumer recycled plastic
- Installing energy efficient LEDs, CFLs, and T8/ T5 fluorescent lamps, saving 61,710 kWh annually
- Having a menu where over 30% of entrees are nonmeat
- Recycling glass, plastics, aluminum, cardboard, and paper
- Installing faucet aerators on hand washing sinks that run under .5 gallons per minute, saving 1.8 million gallons of water annually
- Using unbleached sandwich wraps, tissue, cookie, and bread bags
While what Souplantation and Sweet Tomatoes have done may seem daunting, there are hundreds of ways for you to green your own life, at home, at work, and on the road. Each month, I will be offering tips, tools, and real-life examples of how you can join Souplantation and Sweet Tomatoes create a more sustainable future. Stay tuned each month, and remember that green is never a destination; it is a journey that continuously evolves.