The sustainability movement is quickly moving mainstream. It’s no longer something people wish they had; in many cases it’s something people are demanding. The core green group, 15% of the population, is now aggressively shopping for environmentally friendly goods. And more than half of all shoppers are deciding to buy green items some of the time.
The â€˜going greenâ€™ thought process begins with food and beverage decisions. A study released from Packaged Facts and the Hartman group, describes how people â€˜first consider the impact of things in the body, followed by on the body, and finally around the body.â€™ The idea of â€˜living greenâ€™ includes everything from clothing to cosmetics and, of course, the packaging food comes in.
Should restaurants go green?
The answer is a big YES; it’s a growing trend that will only get bigger. A 2007 National Restaurant Association survey found that 62% of people were more likely to visit a practicing sustainable restaurant. The fact is, a majority of people are specifically interested in how a restaurant is impacting the environment.
Of course you have to have great food and terrific service, but in today’s green climate it’s also important to incorporate eco-friendly practices and tell your patrons what you’re doing.
Environmentally friendly packaging is a great way to attract the sustainable crowd.
Sustainable, biodegradable paper and plastic containers made from renewable resources such as corn, potatoes, and sugar cane are a natural plus for your business. â€˜This is a simple way to make a change for sustainability,â€™ says Greg Stevens, VP of Sales and Marketing for Excellent Packaging & Supply. Less is more in the new green mindset, and packaging made from sustainable material can give your takeout program a lift.
MonogramÂ® Sustain packaging is designed to give your operation a positive, attractive green image.
The entire line of Monogram Sustain foodservice disposables is made from renewable resources such as corn, sugarcane, or potatoes. It sends a clear message that being sustainable is important to you and your operation. All your patrons will see the switch as an appetizing improvement.
The Monogram Sustain line offers a variety of products, including cups, hinged containers and plates, to help give your restaurant and takeout program a greener identity.
Hot & Cold Beverage Cups (pdf)
These petroleum-free hot cups made with paper and lined with 100% PLA corn plastic can withstand temperatures up to 220Â€F. Available in 12-oz. or 16-oz. Cold cups are made from corn, but feel and perform just like traditional plastic cups. The reinforced rim makes them very durable, especially when attaching lids. Available in 9-oz., 12-oz., 16-oz.and 20-oz.
Clear & Fiber Containers (pdf)
The petroleum-free corn-based clear containers perform like traditional plastic and save 65% of resources versus petroleum-based plastic. The strong, durable fiber containers made from sugarcane can handle hot food up to 190Â€F. Engineered for improved performance over similar sugarcane products.
Being a true friend to the environment can help your business.
Most important, being green helps you keep pace with the growing concern for our â€˜sharedâ€™ environment. It’s here to stay, and it makes all kinds of business sense to jump on board.