All of the Sweet Tomatoes and Souplantation locations have worked with the Green Restaurant Association (GRA), a national non-profit, to earn GreenPoints™ across the six environmental categories of food, water, waste, energy, chemicals, and disposables. About a quarter of the chains’ GreenPoints™ have been earned by sourcing sustainable ingredients that are organic, vegetarian or vegan. By taking the following four environmental steps to create a lower-impact menu, Sweet Tomatoes and Souplantation are satisfying diners’ demand for sustainable food options, while helping the environment.
Sample Steps to Provide Sustainable Food
|Certified Organic Items||
|> 30% of Main Dishes are Vegetarian||
The vast majority of Americans have clearly stated that they don’t want toxins to be a part of our diets. In fact, 89% of Americans favor organic food that is free of toxic chemicals and genetically-modified ingredients, according to the 2011 NPR-Thomson Reuter Health Poll. Organic farming practices benefit both our health and the environment by keeping harmful pesticides out of our bodies and out of the ground, while further preventing soil erosion and conserving energy. Given this demand, restaurants across the country are incorporating organic food into their menus. At Souplantation and Sweet Tomatoes, about 6% of purchased food is organic.
Souplantation and Sweet Tomatoes also realize that vegetarian and vegan ingredients put less strain on the environment. After all, food that is not meat-centric requires less of the environment’s resources and can further feed more people. For example, it takes the same amount of land to produce a single pound of beef as it does to produce 120 pounds of potatoes! Knowing that vegetables and grains are more sustainable food options, Sweet Tomatoes and Souplantation locations across the country stock their kitchen with many meat-free food items. In fact, 30% of the restaurants’ food purchases are vegan products, while 42% are vegetarian. Plus, 30% of the menus offer meat-free main dishes!
Sweet Tomatoes and Souplantation have demonstrated environmental progress across its operations, and have made sustainable food a priority by offering less toxic, locally-grown ingredients that are low on the food chain. By reducing the environmental impact of their menu, the restaurants attract sustainable-minded diners, support local farming communities, and help protect our planet’s resources.
For more information about the environmental accomplishments of Souplantation and Sweet Tomatoes, please visit www.dinegreen.com