We’re all looking for ways to improve air pollution, and one way to do it is by eating green.
Restaurants are notorious for being huge sources of excess waste, such as water, energy, and resources like paper and other materials for containers and packaging.
But there are tons of local, independent restaurants that buy organic and/or local food. Think of it this way: the average carrot travels around 1,800 miles to get to your dinner table, according to the Leopold Center. Imagine the amount of fuel that’s burned up along the way. Eating organic and/or locally can hugely cut down your impact on the environment.
Here’s a list of some great organic restaurants in Georgia: Best Organic Restaurants
Also, try checking out the Green Restaurant Association (GRA), an organization that certifies restaurants as “green” based on a 1 to 5 star rating. GRA also helps restaurants, manufacturers and distributors become more environmentally responsible in a convenient, cost-effective way.
If going to an organic restaurant isn’t an option, try these tips at any restaurant to make it a greener experience:
- Drink water instead of soda. It can take up to 132 gallons of water to produce a 2-liter bottle of soda, according to the Wall Street Journal. Not to mention the amount of pollution generated to create sodas and have them shipped!
- Bring your own reusable container for leftovers and let your waiter know that he doesn’t need to bring you a box. Think how much fresher your leftovers will be!
- Order produce that is in season. Not sure which is which? Here’s a list of seasonal produce for the state of Georgia: Seasonal Produce
- Order lower on the food chain. The Environmental Defense Fund has found that:
– Chicken has a lower environmental impact than beef.
– Seafood has a lower impact than chicken.
– A vegetarian or vegan meal has the least impact of them all!
We know that some of these ideas sound extraordinary, but even trying just one at any restaurant you go to will make a more positive impact on the environment! These tips can also apply to your everyday eating habits. Encourage your parents to buy organic and local. And try packing a lunch and bringing it to school!
Remember to log your green eating habits on AirCreds for points and prizes!