Most restaurants suffer from wastage of food, energy and water. According to research, even 40% of food is thrown away, which is harmful to the environment and can be a big problem for restaurant owners. From a purely business standpoint, sustainable interior design and restaurant renovation is a solid business option for owners who can help to prevent wastage, save money, retain customers and protect the environment.
Sustainable Interior Design
Interiors designed following the principles of sustainable development should consist of materials whose production does not harm the environment. The most important factor in establishing a responsible purchasing strategy is finding suppliers that use natural sources. Buying materials locally to renovate your restaurant prevents you from generating additional transportation costs. The use of products such as cork and bamboo and the consideration of remanufactured products such as reclaimed wood flooring will help to fully implement sustainable and green strategies. The selected materials and tools should be energy-efficient, and the result should not overwhelm the aesthetics of the place.
The first step to eliminate operational wastage is to reduce the amount of equipment in the kitchen, which translates into less energy and resource consumption. However, this is a change that requires careful consideration. Sustainable design is not only about saving energy. For example, the sustainable renovation using ceramic tiles, reclaimed wood and non-toxic paints will make your restaurant greener. An easier step towards sustainability is replacing lighting. The new LED bulbs have an excellent energy rating. When it comes to water management requires the installation of low spray valves on the taps, especially in the area of the dishwasher. This can save a lot of water.
With food and operating costs rising, restaurant owners need to save as much money as they can. Investing in sustainable restaurant equipment along with environmentally friendly practices will lower your operating costs and help offset rising food prices. Customers, especially those in big cities, are interested in organic products and restaurants or whether their food is sourced locally. As a result, they feel much better when eating out, knowing that they support a restaurant that respects the environment.
Sustainable Building Materials
Ecology means the awareness of the origin of the material, the method of its production and its impact on the environment, therefore general contractors pay special attention not only to the production, packaging, delivery and transport of materials but also to producers who prevent pollution, reduce the amount of waste and scrap. The use of energy-saving materials not only reduces the amount of energy but also generates a minimum amount of construction waste.
Nowadays, the sustainable development of restaurants means winning and retaining customers. So, promote your responsible attitude towards the environment and be honest with the procedures. Explain thoroughly to your customers what you are doing to become more sustainable. They will appreciate your honesty and will be loyal to your brand.