What is a Certified Green Restaurant?
Nature.org also has some useful tips to follow when deciding on which restaurants are 'green':Green Guidelines
- Sustainable seafood – Uses ocean-friendly seafood that comes from a sustainable source (not depleting fish populations)
- Free-range and grass-fed meat – Uses meat that is grass-fed, free-range, raised without antibiotics, organic and/or sustainably raised
- Organic – Uses organic produce or other organic food
- Local and seasonal – Uses regionally (within 300 miles) or locally (within 100 miles) grown produce
- Water – Serves tap water rather than bottled water
More valuable tips from dinegreen.com
:7 Ways to Green Your Dining Experience
- Choose to dine green by patronizing Certified Green Restaurants®
- Walk, take public transit, dine at a restaurant close to your home or office, or carpool when dining out
Carry pocket-size guides to sustainable seafood, like the ones from Blue Ocean Institute, to help you make smart seafood choices at the fish counter, or your local sushi joint.
- Bring your own mug for coffee. Make sure to remind staff to make your drink in the cup you bring, not to waste by making it in a to-go cup, then pouring it into your travel mug
- Consider menu items lower on the food chain. For example, chicken has a lower environmental impact than beef, while sustainable seafood has a lower impact than chicken, and vegetarian and vegan items have the lowest of them all.
- Bring your own re-usable container and offer it to your server when you ask to take your leftovers home
- Our research has found that several restaurants claim that 25% of food ordered by customers is wasted and thrown out. Be conscious about what you order and really think about how hungry you are.
For US readers, you can find a green restaurant nearby (covers major metro locations, not all) at http://dinegreen.com/customers/default.asp