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Achieve Your Green Coffee Goals Part III: Eliminating Plastics

In Part I of this series, we talked about how to conduct an energy audit of your coffee shop or restaurant, to find out where you should be incorporating energy efficiencies.

In Part II, we discussed the many ways you can increase sustainability without spending a lot of money.

Perhaps the most obvious way to go green is to recycle as much waste as you can. But while some plastics can be recycled, the greenest option is to avoid using it to begin with, wherever possible. Plastics can only be recycled a few times before they become useless landfill—unlike glass and metal which can be recycled...

Achieve Your Green Coffee Shop Goals Part II: From Local Food to Recycling, It All Adds Up

In Part I of this series, we discussed how to conduct an energy audit of your coffee shop or restaurant, to learn where best to incorporate energy efficiencies.

If an audit uncovers expensive fixes for your energy habit—like a need to upgrade your restaurant equipment to Energy Star models or install a new H-VAC system (not easy tasks), don’t fear. You can do those things in phases, and in the meantime, implement green measures that won’t break the bank:

Conserve water.

Simple changes in your water use such as running the dishwasher only when it is completely full, loosening dried food by...

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