WHAT IS SUSTAINABILITY
Sustainability is based on a simple principle: Everything that we need for our survival and well-being depends, either directly or indirectly, on our natural environment. Sustainability creates and maintains the conditions under which humans and nature can exist in productive harmony, that permit fulfilling the social, economic and other requirements of present and future generations.*
* Definition provided by the United States Environmental Protection Agency
Eataly is committed to the triple bottom line—people, planet and profit. We endeavor for our efforts to be seen locally but felt globally.
Energy is a finite resource that requires conservation. Currently, our main source of energy is from fossil fuels that are incredibly intensive to extract, process and utilize worldwide, not to mention the pollution that is created through their use.
Eataly New York has made a commitment to reduce its energy dependency by doing the following:
- We installed an energy management HVAC system, which is in use daily.
- We also save energy in our restrooms with our energy efficient hand dryers. These dryers use 80% less energy than traditional hand dryers and dry hands in 10 to 15 seconds. They also cut paper towel usage in half.
- Our walk in refrigerators all have strip curtains which help seal in cool air and conserve energy. Every set of strip curtains installed saves an estimated 3,700 kWh of energy each year, the equivalent of 286 gallons of gasoline.
- All of our dishwashers are all Energy Star Certified.
Food is one of the most poorly managed resources on the planet. We produce about 3,000 calories daily for every man, woman and child on the planet, which is much more than what a healthy human requires. However, access and distribution issues prevent many from having healthful and sufficient nutrition. In addition, almost 1/3 of food produced is thrown away because production and yield are valued above nutrition, environmental safety and sustainability.
Eataly New York makes an effort to make informed, conscious decisions when it comes to food purchases.
We purchase and sell certified organic items and meat and poultry with no hormones or antibiotics.
Additionally, Eataly has been a City Harvest food donor since 2010 and as of October 2012, we have donated 407,000 pounds of food to New York’s hungry.
Currently, Eataly is working with Sea To Table to increase our stock of sustainable seafood. We are beginning by substituting a few of our fish choices with sustainable species. The long-term goal is to purchase as many sustainable seafood products as possible.
Our bakery makes bread using spent grains from three beers brewed at La Birreria. Additional spent grains from La Birreria are taken to pastures in upstate New York to feed animals.
Water may seem abundant but there is a limited amount of water that cycles through the Earth and its ecosystems. With increasingly rates of irrigation, pesticides, herbicides and fertilizers threating the safety of our natural drinking water, it is a resource that needs our protection and preservation.
Eataly New York is committed to saving water. The following practices are in place for water conservation:
- We use low flow aerators in all of the hand washing sinks and prep sinks. Each one of the aerators conserves enough water to fill one and half back yard swimming pools each year.
- We have low-flow spray valves at all of our dishwashing stations. At 1.28 gallons per minute, each one of these spray valves save enough water annually to fill an Olympic size swimming pool!
- We have touch-less and sensor faucets and dual flushing toilets in the bathroom.
- La Birreria uses Energy Star Dishwashers.
The world today relies heavily on disposable materials. From buying food at the grocery to ordering takeout, carrying coffee down the street and using paper towels at home, much of what we rely on every day is a disposable material. Little thought is put into what that disposable is made of and what happens to it after we have finished using it.
Eataly New York sources products with recycled content, disposes of them responsibly and promotes the purchase of chlorine-free recycled content.
All of our menu paper, office paper, bath tissue and plastic trash liners are made from recycled material. When used in place of non-recycled paper, one ton of recycled paper can help save 17 trees, 380 gallons of oil, three cubic yards of landfill space, 4,000 kilowatts of energy and 7,000 gallons of water.
We use reusable napkins and multifold towels in the restaurants.
Additionally, our restaurants use recycled paper take-out containers and Eataly sells reusable grocery bags and eliminates the use to single use plastic bags but gives paper bags to our customers.
CHEMICALS AND POLLUTION REDUCTION
Many chemicals that are used for cleaning in restaurants are harmful to the environment and are toxic to human health. Use of these chemicals permeates our culture and, many times, everyday items have toxic chemicals in them in addition to being dependent on modes of production that are not sustainable.
Eataly New York decreases pollution and limits toxic chemicals by using:
- Green Seal cleaning products and Green Restaurant Association certified hand soap and manual dish soap. Green Seal has been actively identifying and promoting sustainability and helping organizations be greener in a real and effective way since 1989.
- We use a Green Shield certified pest management company.
- Our building is located directly across from the subway and we have a no idling policy that asks our delivery trucks to turn off their engines when making deliveries.
- We use unbleached parchment paper.
- We have reduced packaging ware washing products that use non-caustic chemistry and 95% less packaging materials. The products come in a compact solid form that significantly reduces transportation shipments compared to bulkier liquid detergents.
Food is the #1 least recycled of all waste materials. Food decomposes on its own in nature. However, it is one of the largest components in landfills, accounting for nearly 50% of all municipal solid waste. There is more food in landfills than diapers, Styrofoam, and tires combined. Landfills are layered deep and saturated with water where no oxygen can reach. So, even biodegradable waste remains intact for centuries.
Over 90% of plastics are never recycled. There are enormous environmental implications to our waste and what we choose to do with it – whether it is littering, sending to the landfill, recycling or reducing use of materials that require recycling to begin with.
Eataly New York reduces waste before it is created and disposes of it properly. Below are just a few examples of how we manage our waste:
- We compost both pre and post consumer waste.
- We recycle cardboard, paper, plastic, glass and aluminum. The average restaurant produces about 100,000 pounds of waste each year. By recycling, Eataly can help eliminate 50% of our waste – nearly 600,000 pounds – that would have been destined for landfills.
- Additionally, we recycle grease into biodiesel or energy. The average full-service restaurant washes 9-20 pounds of grease down the drain for every 150 meals served.
- Our vendors’ use reusable packaging.
- Our staff meals use 100% reusable dishware and silverware, and the table top linens at Manzo are reusable.