It used to be said that “time is money,” but that old adage isn’t so accurate anymore. In this day and age, sometimes going the extra mile resonates with customers. One of 2019’s major trends is a shift to a more sustainable and environmentally-conscious dining experience. Millennials are more financially secure, which means they’re having children and purchasing homes. Essentially, they are going to be a target audience moving forward. One thing is certain: Millennials care about sustainability. So, how do you adhere to safety standards while focusing on sustainability?
Here are a few ideas:
Organic & Local:
The spring and summer months are the perfect time to use local resources for your menu items. According to market research, over 82% of households buy organic. If you want these individuals to visit your restaurant, you’re going to need to offer products that customers want. Buying local has a bunch of added benefits. You can increase customer satisfaction by telling them exactly where their food comes from. You’ll also have fewer shipping and transportation costs.
Invest in Environmentally-Friendly Supplies:
Cross contamination is a real concern, so it’s not always possible to use reusable products. That doesn’t mean there aren’t other ways you can be green. Take register tape for example. Many customers are urging to see more digital receipts, but it’s not always the best option to protect your restaurant from fraud. NCCO International offers BPA-free thermal paper and paper containing recycled materials.
Food prep is critical to both food safety and sustainability. When you know which products get used first and all labels are uniform and consistent, there will be less food waste. Plus, our dissolving labels are biodegradable and can be washed off easily so you can reuse storage containers.
It Goes Beyond Food:
Think about upgrading to energy efficient equipment. You’ll show customers that you care and you’ll likely save on energy bills. Go green with your lighting, maintain your equipment and invest in materials that can help reduce water waste. Consider a décor style boasting sustainability. Vintage is in and that means refurbishing décor and furniture!