It is not surprising to note that restaurants happen to use up quite a lot of energy in operation, in fact even more than any other retail business. This may be the reason why a lot of restaurants are now taking the green initiative forward and are opting to make sustainable changes to their surroundings, services and even food. Here are 7 such restaurants around the world that are being considered as great inspirations for others wanting to follow suit.
Uncommon Ground, Chicago
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One of the greenest restaurants in the U.S., the Uncommon Ground boasts of being awarded 4 stars in the categories of energy, sustainable food, waste reduction and recycling, water efficiency, chemical and pollution reduction, and disposables.
In addition to having its own rooftop organic farm, the restaurant also has plenty of other sustainable features like solar panels, LED lighting, biodiesel vehicle and eco-friendly cleaning products. It also follows a strict zero waste policy, with the design sustainability being achieved by a reclaimed wood and plastic rooftop deck.
Founding Farmers, Washington D.C.
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Here is one restaurant that boasts of preaching and practicing sustainability to the hilt. The Founding Farmers restaurant in Washington is made entirely of recycled textiles, wood and paper composite materials. The restaurant has also been painted with non-toxic paints, and features menus made of recycled paper and printed with soy-based inks. In addition to making use of a fully functional water filtration system, the restaurant also purchases carbon credits to boost its carbon neutrality by 100%.
Acorn House, London
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The first restaurant of its kind in London, Acorn House serves only organic, seasonal products sourced from local markets. In addition to recycling and composting its waste, the restaurant buys products in containers which it sends back to the suppliers. It also uses its own biodiesel car to pick up produce and runs a training program to help aspiring chefs attain their goals in a sustainable manner.
Take-Out Pop-Up Shipping Container Restaurant, Singapore
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Singapore is home to one of the most sustainable restaurants in the world. The Take-Out Pop-Out Restaurant is a mobile restaurant is in fact, a discarded shipping container that has been efficiently recycled to form a one of a kind eatery. The 20 foot container has launched a world tour to countries like Paris, London, Moscow, Dubai, Sydney and New York, and has plans to introduce Singapore cuisine to all these regions. In addition to a fully functional kitchen, the restaurant would also feature a demonstration kitchen to display some of the country’s signature food brands and culinary talents.
Tang Palace Bamboo Restaurant, China
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This green restaurant in China is made entirely of renewable bamboo. The bamboo has been intricately woven to form shell like interiors that provide ample privacy and intimacy for visitors. A number of these shells can be seen throughout the restaurant. A wavy ceiling offers great visual interest within each shell while light transmitting bamboo boards wrapped over the core columns transform the otherwise heavy and dull concrete blocks into livelier objects.
Treehouse Restaurant, New Zealand
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Accessible only by an elevated walkway, the Treehouse Restaurant in New Zealand is a sustainable restaurant which features individual cocoons made of locally grown wood, pine and poplar. The cocoons dangle several yards from the ground and can seat up to 50 guests at any time. Although the recipient of many sustainability awards, the Treehouse Restaurant is currently closed and remains as just a source of inspiration for other treehouse restaurants around the world.
Green Restaurant Mobile, Canada
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Another restaurant built out of a reclaimed shipping container, the Green Restaurant Mobile in Canada features a design that has a minimal carbon footprint on the surroundings. All it takes is just 15 minutes for the restaurant to unfold from the shipping container. The fully operational restaurant can seat up to 40 people at a time. In addition to its award winning sustainable design, the restaurant also features other green initiatives like a wood fired pizza oven, rooftop solar panels, biodegradable packaging and an eco-friendly floor.
A lot of restaurants are taking the eco-friendly approach to offering customers a memorable dining experience while placing minimal load on the environment. From choosing green interiors to providing eco-friendly food choices, these are some of the greenest restaurants in the world.