Running a restaurant or café isn’t easy, especially at a time when hospitality has been so impacted by the onset of Covid-19 and its associated lockdowns. That said, any difficulty always provides the chance for a new beginning, and a new focus or direction. We believe that this can provide restaurants with the chance to focus on reinvigorating their image, once again becoming not only a nice fixture of a local town or city, but a must-visit appreciated cornerstone of that environment. So many businesses have started to look to the future in terms of their ethical procedures, be that improving transparency, and inspiring consumer or client care. For that reason, we believe that restaurants are in a better position than most to focus on sustainability and spread that message wide, once again giving them the chance to enhance their marketing material and make a real difference. As you redesign your seating area with MDT-tex outdoor implements, or do you best to encourage your guests to return, consider how some of these sustainability measures can help you prosper, also:
Vegan ingredients can make a major difference in your sustainable output, because even if you don’t integrate sustainable practices in your business, the processes used to curate those ingredients is inherently less costly to the environment than meat products will be. Furthermore, plants are almost always sustainable by nature to begin with, meaning that you will have hit two birds with one stone. Simply offering more vegan options, which is good for business, can get you there, but think about incorporating vegan ingredients into larger dishes too. It may even be better for your budget.
Many restaurants sell goods on top of just food, be that to-go boxes, takeout, wholesale products, merchandise and more. It might be worth investing in merchandise that uses sustainable materials, for instance, as this can help you spread the good word of your business while also ensuring those who wear your goods can boast about how they were sourced. Recyclable packaging on larger items can also be worthwhile, such as brown paper for wrapping sourdough in rather than a plastic bag. Little improvements like this can truly make all the difference.
Food waste is an unfortunate consequence of running a cafe or restaurant because unfortunately, items become close to expiry before they can be sold, over-ordering can take place if your plans didn’t bear fruit, and of course, the last two years have proven how quickly a situation can change. It can be worthwhile, then, to try and focus on sustainability schemes like donating some of this inventory to food banks or homeless shelters through official means where necessary. Sustainability, after all, isn’t always about always replenishing what you have perfectly, but in making sure what you do own isn’t wasted.
With this advice, we believe restaurants and cafes can focus on sustainability in the best way going forward.