Dining out

7 ways to Green Your Dining out

What's on the menu this evening? Italian or Chinese? Steak or seafood? Diner or four star? Drive-through or sit-down? When contemplating such pressing dining out issues, also consider the eco-impacts of eating away from home.

  1. Choose certified green restaurants

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    Organizations that certify restaurants for their green practices—from the organic field greens to the reclaimed wood table to the compost bin—make finding your next green meal easy as pie.

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  2. Choose restaurants serving local and organic food

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    A home-grown, organic dining experience won't leave Mother Earth to foot the bill; locally grown and organic foods reduce pollution, preserve small farms, and don't require toxic chemicals.

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  3. Ask about restaurant seafood

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    Before snagging a fresh catch dinner, check to see if the seafood your restaurant of choice has reeled in is sustainably sourced and environmentally friendly.

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  4. Urge your favorite restaurant to go green

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    With just a few simple actions, you can help your neighborhood hot spot go the way of the green without biting off more than you can chew.

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  5. Walk or ride your bike

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    Whether you're in your own neighborhood or traveling the world, choosing a restaurant within walking or biking distance cuts down on harmful vehicle emissions and lets you enjoy the local flavor.

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  6. Take public transportation

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    Avoid unsavory carbon dioxide emissions and consume less oil by taking the bus or subway to meet your next dinner date.

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  7. Avoid take-out and fast food garbage

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    Reduce your trashy fast food container habit by bringing your own containers, recycling boxes and other packaging, or avoiding take-out food altogether.

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Comments

09/18/2008
2:21pm
sam

Partnership for Bar and Restaurant Recycling "this is great idea " im sam , im a chef @ hong kong but we didnt have this kinds of promotion ,
how can i get the information to do this promotion in hong kong ?im think a lot of bottle is waste from the bar ......then after we collect them....how can i Recycling it.
thx

09/23/2008
11:34am
Rebecca

Hi Sam. I did some looking around and found a few resources that may be able to help you get a restaurant recycling program established in Hong Kong. Check out the Business Environment Council at http://www.bec.org.hk/eng/green_hotels.aspx. They have developed a Green Restaurants website (http://www.greenrestaurant-hk.org/) with info on Hong Kong restaurants that may also be able to help you. You could also contact the Environmental Protection Department at http://www.epd.gov.hk/epd/, or the Hong Kong Federation of Restaurants and Related Trades. Also, the The Omni Marco Polo Hotel in Hong Kong seems to have made some "green" upgrades in the past, so someone there may be able to tell you how they did it. Good luck and please keep us posted on your efforts!

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