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by Guest Blogger on Thursday, June 7, 2012 · 4 comments

in Company News,In The Community

The Importance of Recycling

 How much trash have you generated today? The average American produces over four pounds of waste daily. This waste adds up quickly; after all, more than 100 million tons of garbage are buried in our country’s landfills each year. Although the EPA estimates that 75% of the waste in our country can be recycled, more than half of that still ends up in a garbage can instead of a recycling bin.

With the help of the Green Restaurant Association (GRA), Certified Green Restaurants®, like Souplantation and Sweet Tomatoes, are doing their part to reduce landfill waste. In fact, every Souplantation and Sweet Tomatoes location has met the GRA’s Environmental Standards by implementing a full-scale recycling program, eliminating Styrofoam, and earning at least 10 GreenPoints™ in each of the GRA’s seven environmental categories, including Waste Reduction and Recycling.

Souplantation and Sweet Tomatoes’ environmental steps to reduce waste include:


Step GreenPoints™
Recycle Plastics, Glass and Aluminum


Recycle Cardboard


Recycle Paper


Reusable Bag Program


Reusable Tray





Follow in Souplantation and Sweet Tomatoes’ footsteps to reduce your own environmental footprint.

Are you recycling your share? Every item that is recycled makes an immense difference. You may not think much of recycling one aluminum can. However, when a single can is recycled, not only is precious landfill space preserved, but material for a new can is also supplied, which eliminates 95% of the energy required during the production process. With all that extra energy, you could run a TV for three hours!

Beyond recycling, you can also save waste from landfills by opting for reusable products instead of disposable ones. Whenever possible, choose reusable silverware, dishes and napkins over paper or plastic versions. Carry your own water bottles, coffee cups, take-out containers, and to-go bags to minimize packaging. Every step – large and small – marks progress towards becoming more environmentally sustainable.

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About the GRA:
The Green Restaurant Association was founded in 1990. Since the beginning, the GRA has worked to provide convenient and cost-effective tools to help the restaurant industry reduce its harmful impact on the environment. The GRA founded the green restaurant movement and is one of the pioneering founders of the green business movement as well.

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D M Loeffler Thursday, June 14, 2012 at 4:19 am

I try to recycle as much as possible when I am home, but I also use many reusable items because I pack lunch for my two children and husband everyday. I love Pyrex glass containers and I found a website, that sells all kinds of earth friendly items that will help you to create less waste. It is important to me to try whatever I can to keep our earth safe and beautiful for future generations.


B Lum Thursday, June 14, 2012 at 2:32 pm

My husband is the patriarch of our family of 3 daughters/3spouses and 8 grandchildren.
His favorite is strawberry fields salad, which we had last night. It would be a great honor to take him for a change, as he always pays for everyone. It would certainly taste sweeter if it was a gift to him, which he could share with the family. We would have the party at your Pleasanton, CA location. We look forward from hearing from you soon!!!


Mary K Sunday, July 1, 2012 at 9:31 pm

Sweet Tomatoes USED TO recycle by WASHING the soda pop glasses — I was quite surprised and VERY DISAPPOINTED to see you change that policy because the new SOFT PLASTIC soda pop glasses weren’t recyclable! And, now, you’ve changed, again — this time, they’re those NONRECYCLABLE wax-coated paper cups!!! WHAT’S WRONG WITH YOU, SWEET TOMATOES??!! You want US to recycle? You need to go back to WASHABLE glasses for your soda pop, like the ones you have for good ol’ H2O!!!


Tracy M. Monday, July 2, 2012 at 1:15 pm

We will check in on this and see why the change was made. Thank you for bringing this to our attention.


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