When you visit a restaurant you want it to be as clean as a whistle, right? And you’d expect them to take the rubbish out several times a day otherwise they’d have some serious problems with vermin.
Not something a restaurant needs.
Well we’re going to tell you about a restaurant that hasn’t taken out the rubbish in 2 years.
It’s called Sandwich Me In and it was opened in Chicago with an aim to one of the first of its kind.
A “zero waste” restaurant.
In the 2 years that it’s been open Sandwich Me In has produced the same amount of waste an average restaurant generates in one hour. And the majority of that waste isn’t even a product of the restaurant; it’s customers bringing plastic coffee cups or water bottles in.
How is it done?
Well, simply put the restaurant is run completely on sustainable energy. The food arrives from local farms with minimal packaging, and pretty much everything, from the scraps of food left by customers with eyes bigger than their bellies to the frying oil left over from cooking up the grub is reused or repurposed.
The owner Justin Vraney runs his home in the same way he runs his restaurant. The ‘green’ way.
It isn’t an easy task though. Running a restaurant that produces next to nothing in terms of waste obviously comes with its own challenges. In fact, in the first 6 months that the doors of the restaurant were open he ran the whole thing solo to keep labour costs to a minimum. The restaurant hasn’t made much profit either.
But that’s okay says Vraney: “For me it’s not a money issue. I’m looking at this more widespread.”
Plus, the restaurant doesn’t cost much to run because everything is re-used.
Maybe we should all look to the restaurant and the man and look at how we can keep our waste output to a minimum!
Let us know how you get on.