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Why You Should Switch To Eco-Friendly Catering Supplies

8 Feb 2022, 1:42 PM

Why You Should Switch To Eco-Friendly Catering Supplies

As climate change is becoming a more important concern across the world, more and more businesses are turning their attention to their carbon footprint and striving to become more eco-friendly, which is not only beneficial for the environment, but also represents a great image on businesses too. 

Consumers are paying more attention than ever before to the ways in which businesses are impacting the environment. By being transparent about your use of eco-friendly kitchen protocols and business practices, you can reassure customers that you take your carbon footprint and energy efficiency seriously.

Furthermore, when you work to reduce your carbon footprint, waste production and energy usage, you can often save money in the process. Let's take a look at some of the ways in which you could switch to more eco-friendly supplies and practices, and how this could benefit both the planet and your business.

Choosing Energy-Efficient Kitchen Equipment

Kitchen appliances can account for a major proportion of your business's overall energy use, so considering what you can do as a restaurant owner to improve this is important. Replacing old kitchen equipment with more efficient appliances might be a big investment, but over time it will help you to save money by reducing your energy consumption and bills. Furthermore, you can rest assured that you'll be going a long way in reducing your business's environmental impact.

Upgrading appliances in the order which uses the most energy is a great way to start investing into the environment more and contributing to a better climate. For example, the fridge, freezer and oven tend to be the most-used appliances in a catering business, so it can be beneficial to upgrade these items first.

Here at the Restaurant Store, we have an impeccable range of commercial cooking equipment, along with an energy efficiency rating under each appliance, which makes it really easy to compare the eco-friendliness of different appliances and choose the most efficient option. Our refrigeration products from True are a leader in commercial refrigeration and committed to replacing dangerous substances with eco-friendly alternatives.

The Importance Of Managing Your Kitchen Appliances

One of the simplest ways to be more eco-friendly and save money is to make a concerted effort to minimise energy waste. You can do this by not leaving kitchen equipment running for longer than is necessary, ensuring that everything is switched off at the end of service, and turning lights off when leaving a room. Keeping cooling and heating appliances far away from each other is also beneficial so that they don't have to utilise more energy to maintain temperatures.

A way that you can ensure these procedures are followed daily is by implementing closedown checklists, which can quickly become a habit for your whole team and benefit your restaurant in the long run. If you're unsure where energy savings could be made, you could have an energy audit conducted that will give you some pointers on where you could cut your energy use and help you to understand where your business uses the most energy. It's also helpful to have your kitchen equipment professionally maintained on a regular basis to ensure it is running efficiently.

Reducing Waste Output: Disposable Catering Supplies

An eco-friendly kitchen is most importantly one that produces minimal waste. Dealing with excess waste, collecting, transporting and processing it, requires a lot of energy and generates CO2 emissions. The fewer single-use items you use and the less rubbish you produce, the lower your environmental impact will be.

Eco-friendly catering supplies can include a great number of things like reusable boxes, crates and containers for storage in place of single-use solutions. If you provide a food takeaway service, then it would be good to consider using disposable packaging like items from our ‘Food To Go’ range, such as disposable containers and wooden cutlery that customers could reuse at home. Alternatively, opt for containers made from eco-friendly materials such as paper and cardboard which can then be recycled, or which are biodegradable when thrown into a general waste bin.

The Key To Avoiding Food Waste

It is essential that every catering business should be conscious of their food waste output purely from a financial perspective, but the environmental impact is big too. You can help this by trying to avoid over ordering as much as possible by keeping a close eye on customer demand. It also might be helpful to maintain a smaller menu, so that you don't have to keep as wide a range of ingredients in stock. At the very least, consider cutting dishes that aren't frequently ordered so that you can reduce the risk of discarding unused stock. To help determine this, you should ask yourself, what kitchen equipment is essential for opening a restaurant?, which is a great indicator as to what you will need and utilise regularly. 

In order to minimise the risk of food going off, utilise the first-in, first-out method of storing food. When you have ingredients that are set to expire, consider how they could be made into a dish that could go on the menu as a special. Alternatively, you could prepare simple dishes for staff with these ingredients, or send staff home with the ingredients for personal use.

Giving away food for free is also better than leaving it to go bad and throwing it away because the process of disposing or recycling the food requires energy and contributes to CO2 emissions. When you have no option but to throw food away, consider using a specialist food waste collection service rather than putting it in general waste. These services can turn food into renewable, green energy to offset your carbon footprint.

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