Lean and Green is an Eco-Friendly, Green Health Food Restaurant with Two Locations In San Diego County: La Jolla and Sorrento
What exactly makes a restaurant a “Green Business,”… hmmm?
A Green restaurant indicates that the establishment is taking conscious steps to reduce its environmental load through the use of renewable energy sources and energy conservation, such as the use of energy efficient “Energy Star” appliances.
Green businesses also commit to water savings, reducing food waste, and sustainable, environmentally friendly practices such as recyclable, compostable and biodegradable materials and products.
Renewable energy sources may include electricity generated through solar panels and wind-power. A more recent development in the renewable sphere includes renewable natural gas (RNG), produced from organic waste, specifically generated from the CO2 and methane collected from farms and landfills. The waste is then cleaned and conditioned to remove and reduce non-methane elements and becomes RNG.
Biodegradable vs Compostable: Same Thing?
Nope. Biodegradable refers to any material that eventually decomposes in the environment, whereas “compostable goods are organic matter that breaks down to become a pile of nutrient-rich soil.”
Organic, Compostable Food Waste
Ideally, a green restaurant uses only organic produce, so that any compostable food waste returns to the soil without the addition of any pesticide residues. At Lean and Green, all of our food is 100% USDA Organic and we are absolutely committed to the highest level of environmentally friendly practices.
Sustainable, Eco Friendly Products may include items such as compostable silverware, cups, lids and bowls and napkins made from recycled paper. Compostable products are perhaps the trickiest because to compost means that the substance is able to return back to the soil and break down into organic matter, without maintaining any of its current element.
Organic matter such as raw vegetables and fruits, leaves and stems, for example, are all truly compostable. Put your organic matter back into the soil and eventually, bacteria, worms and the process of nature break them down until they become nutrient-rich soil. This process requires no external or foreign mechanism or substance.
When it comes to claiming plastics as compostable, the process becomes much more complicated. Plastic are never a truly renewable material because the only way a plastic can biodegrade is if it is taken to a large commercial center, not under traditional composting techniques. Sure, all plastic biodegrades eventually – after about 1000 years, but that’s not a solution to our current climate and environmental crisis.
Plant-based plastics stand much higher on what is truly compostable because they have the advantage of being more carbon neutral. Even then, when you see products labeled “bio-plastic” or “biodegradable plastic,” that product can not be treated like organic, compostable material. . If you take your “biodegradable plastic” cup and toss it into your trash can or the compost bin or even the recycle bin, you’re not doing any good. That cup becomes more environmental waste.
Livegreen writes, “Many of us wish for a substitute for fossil-fuel based plastics, (the production of which creates large amounts of harmful greenhouse gases), and it’s tempting to think bioplastics are the answer we’ve been waiting for.“
Plant-based plastics are not the answer, but they are a step in the right direction.
Anything that can not be reused or composted must be recycled. We do our best to avoid plastics altogether. If we encounter unavoidable plastic elements in our production process, we recycle them at a certified recycling center.