How can beverage companies "green" their businesses? First bring their operations into compliance with all environmental regulations, then adopt pollution prevention and resource conservation practices. Here are some examples of what you can do.

  1. Monitor and control waste of materials during production
  2. Monitor and control energy and water use
  3. Buy products in returnable, reusable or recyclable containers.
  4. Recycle food*, cardboard, paper, glass, metal and plastics. (*food waste, along with waxed cardboard, paper napkins, paper beverage cartons and wooden crates can be picked up for recycling or upcycling)
  5. Install energy efficient lighting fixtures and bulbs, heating and air conditioning, washers and dryers, and other electrical equipment.
  6. Buy recycled-content paper products whenever possible, including hand towels, napkins, office and food service uses.
  7. Use take-out containers that can recycled (paper, plastic, aluminium) instead of styrofoam.
  8. Keep outdoor waste storage, parking and sidewalks free of litter, grease spills and other potential pollutants. Use sweeping and spot cleaning for most clean ups. If washing is needed, use a cleaning method that keeps cleaning water out of drains.
  9. Support and encourage recycling and upcycling of waste
  10. Conduct assessment of your facility to identify ways to prevent pollution.

However, it is important that the program maintain credibility, which is why participating companies will be asked to share information and documentation about their zero net waste program.

 

Becoming a Green Restaurant is Rewarding and Saves Money

How can restaurants "green" their businesses? First bring their operations into compliance with all environmental regulations, then adopt pollution prevention and resource conservation practices.

Here are some examples of what you can do.

Top Green Restaurant Practices

Conserve Energy and Water and Prevent Pollution

Housekeeping and Pollution Prevention

  1. Monitor and control energy and water use
  2. Evaluate cleaners, sanitizers, paints, pesticides and other chemicals used throughout your facility. Can a safer product be substituted? Can a product be eliminated? Are chemicals being stored safely?

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

  1. Buy products in returnable, reusable or recyclable containers.
  2. Recycle food*, cardboard, paper, glass, metal and plastics. (*food waste, along with waxed cardboard, paper napkins, paper beverage cartons and wooden crates can be picked up for recycling or upcycling)
  3. Buy recycled-content paper products whenever possible, including hand towels, napkins, office and food service uses.
  4. Use take-out containers that can recycled (paper, plastic, aluminium) instead of styrofoam.

Pollution Prevention

  1. Keep outdoor waste storage, parking and sidewalks free of litter, grease spills and other potential pollutants. Use sweeping and spot cleaning for most clean ups. If washing is needed, use a cleaning method that keeps cleaning water out of drains.
  2. Use organically or sustainably produced foods in the kitchen.

How can hotels "green" their businesses? First bring their operations into compliance with all environmental regulations, then adopt pollution prevention and resource conservation practices. Here are some examples of what you can do.

Top Ten Green Hotel Practices

Good Housekeeping and Pollution Prevention

  1. Monitor and control energy and water use
  2. Evaluate cleaners, sanitizers, paints, pesticides and other chemicals used throughout your facility. Can a safer product be substituted? Can a product be eliminated? Are chemicals being stored safely?

Solid Waste Reduction

  1. Buy recycled-content products for the office, construction and remodeling projects.
  2. Buy in bulk, whether it's guest amenities or food for the kitchen.
  3. Start a recycling program for trash from guest rooms, the kitchen and your business office. Target materials: paper of all kinds, bottles and cans, plastics and cardboard.

Encourage Green Practices in both Employees and Guests

  1. Provide incentives to encourage staff participation in efforts to "green" the establishment.
  2. Institute a linen/towel reuse program in guestrooms.

Conserve Energy and Water

  1. Install energy efficient lighting fixtures and bulbs, heating and air conditioning, washers and dryers, and other electrical equipment.
  2. Install water conserving showerheads and toilets in guestrooms

Minimize Food Waste

  1. 10. Donate leftover food, amenities and other "extras" to local NGOs or other recipients.