Have you ever been to a green restaurant? Do you know what a green restaurant is? For a typical North American, going out to a restaurant for a meal is a nice way to celebrate a special day and it is also a great alternative for when you just don’t feel like cooking. If during your meal you stopped to consider everything that was involved in creating your dining experience, like the energy used to run the kitchen, the wasted food, and the Styrofoam take out containers that are so harmful to the environment, it might not be as enjoyable. Restaurants can end up causing lot of harm to the environment in order to stay up and running as successful businesses. There is a way that you can spend a truly guilt-free evening out for dinner, and that’s by going to a green restaurant.
What is a green restaurant?
If you’re thinking that eating at a green restaurant means that you have to eat in an eco friendly outdoor tent that serves only organic produce that’s been cooked over an open campfire, you’re wrong. A green restaurant appears like any other respectable restaurant; only behind the scenes they have made some big changes to the way they run their restaurant.
A green restaurant is aware of how they can care for the environment while running a successful restaurant at the same time. They offer the same delicious foods that you can get any good restaurant and the guests are seated in fully furnished dining rooms that still run on electricity. If you look closely or ask how the restaurant happens to be a green restaurant they should be proud to tell you their secrets. You might find out that they only use recyclable or re-usable take out containers. Most green restaurants are also committed to serving some quality foods that come from local and sustainable sources.
How can dining at a green restaurant help the environment?
Things you wouldn’t notice when dining in a green restaurant are the changes to the facility to help conserve water. Some restaurants install special plumbing and water saving fixtures to cut back on wasted water. Another way a green restaurant can minimize waste is by installing energy saving light fixtures and light bulbs for the entire restaurant. Most green restaurants are conscious of recycling food waste, and some even have a separate bin for compostable items. These adaptations are not always cheaper or convenient, but they do reduce the restaurant’s ecological footprint.
How can you find green restaurants near you?
There are more and more green restaurants popping up all over the United States and Canada. It can be difficult to find them unless you know where to look. There are a few websites that are specifically designed to help you find a green restaurant in your area. This website called Dine Green http://dinegreen.com/ is a great resource for finding green restaurants in the United States. All you have to do is enter your city, state or zip code and the website will generate a list of all the green restaurants in your area. The website for locating green restaurants in Canada is called Green Table which is located at this website http://greentable.net/. Look to see if there is a green restaurant near you and enjoy your guilt free green dining experience!