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Join Our Zero Waste Journey

Join Our Zero Waste Journey

Have you noticed our new green look? From compostable serviceware to increased recycling efforts throughout our store, Eataly USA is embracing a new challenge: zero waste

Why? Because there is no “away” when we throw garbage into a can. Trash goes into landfills, where it decomposes and sends toxins into our air, soil, water – and yes – even our food.

Here at Eataly USA, we are striving to send nothing to a landfill. What are the best ways to meet our goal and shrink our footprint?

REDUCE what we use
REUSE as much as possible
RECYCLE or compost the rest

Check out how we're becoming more and more sustainable, and learn how you can help us reach our goal of zero waste at Eataly USA!

1. WE ARE LEED CERTIFIED.

What does this mean? A symbol of excellence around the world, LEED is a sustainable building certification program developed by the U.S. Green Building Council. (Get the details straight from the source.)

They've got very strict standards to earn their stamp of approval, but we did it!* Our buildings are sustainable, inside and out. Here's a taste.

HOW OUR BUILDINGS ARE SO GREEN

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SUSTAINABLE BUILDING SITE
Our Eataly locations are good for the community and the land.

SMART USE OF WATER 
We save gallons with our dishwashers, ice machines, hand-washing sinks, and more.

LOWER ENERGY NEEDS
Our systems (heating, refrigeration, etc.) and appliances (ovens, hand dryers, etc.) save all sorts of energy. This means we will need fewer natural resources and helps the environment.

SAVE MATERIALS AND RESOURCES
In both pre-opening construction and day-to-day operations, we order thoughtfully and thus reduce waste of packaging, supplies, and so on.

NO INDOOR POLLUTANTS
This is crazy: did you know that pollution inside can be much higher than outside? We use low-emitting paint, increased ventilation, and other tools to avoid this, so go ahead and do some deep breathing in peace.

INNOVATION AND DESIGN
Think: sustainable lighting power, solid waste management (compost, anyone?), green cleaning policies...

...AND MUCH MORE!
We don't want to brag too much, so we'll stop here. Curious? Check out more LEED standards that we follow!

* Our LEED-certified Eataly locations include Boston, Chicago, L.A., and NYC Downtown. Because it's within a historic landmark, we weren't able to make all the adjustments to get the certification at NYC Flatiron, but we still do all we can to make our flagship store as sustainable as possible!

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2. WE RECYCLE (AND SO CAN YOU).

We are so passionate about recycling! Behind the scenes, our team recycles all glass, cans, paper, and plastic, from wine bottles to tomato cans. Plus, the kitchens send our food scraps to be composted.

Now, it's your turn! All of our stores offer in-house recycling, so when you're done with that bottle of Lurisia soda, make sure you toss it in the correct bin. And recently we've rolled out compost bins across Eataly USA, so that last bite of panino goes unwasted.

WHY RECYCLE?

Here's one reason: an aluminum can takes 200 years to break down in a landfill. Need another? We've got three big ones.

REDUCES POLLUTION
The water and the air are polluted by harmful chemicals and greenhouse gasses that come off of the trash in landfills. Eek.

PROTECTS THE EARTH FROM LANDFILLS
We only have so much land left on Mother Earth — it's time to be smart about how we use our Terra Madre.

SAVES MONEY AND CREATES JOBS
It’s true! Think about the burgeoning recycling and compost industry.

*All stores feature recycling bins for glass, cans, paper, and plastic. You can compost your food scraps, along with compostable bowls, napkins, and more. 

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3. WE DONATE OUR FOOD.

Food waste is a huge problem in a world with so much hunger. So, we never throw away our surplus food. Every night, our kitchens share that day's leftovers — still fresh and high-quality — with local nonprofit organizations. From housemade focaccia to creamy mozzarella, these wholesome and nutritious products are delivered directly to people in need. Get a glimpse of where the food goes!

NYC DOWNTOWN AND FLATIRON
City Harvest and NY Rescue Mission

BOSTON
Lovin’ Spoonfuls and Women’s Lunch Place

L.A.
Specialty Produce, Chefs to End Hunger, the Midnight
Mission, and Bracken’s Kitchen

CHICAGO
Chicago Food Depository

Every single day.

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4. WHAT'S NEXT?

We are continuously taking steps across Eataly to become more sustainable every day.

NEXT STEPS TOWARD ZERO WASTE 

We're committed!

MORE AND MORE COMPOST
We are rolling out more compost bins across all stores for you to use. In the future, get ready for compostable shopping bags (with which we are already experimenting in select stores) and compostable serviceware.

BAN PLASTIC STRAWS
For something so small, ending use of plastic straws would be huge. Slender and forgettable, these pieces of plastic nearly never end up in recycling bins. Instead, they are one of the worst pollutants of land and sea. By switching to compostable paper straws, we've eliminated more than 1 million plastic straws used in our stores per year. Learn more about this initiative here.

ENCOURAGE YOU TO REUSE
The next time you shop at Eataly, bring your own bag! (Especially you, New York – the city-wide bag on single-use plastics is in effect, including a new five-cent fee on paper bags.) Need a few more reasons why you should switch to an Eataly reusable tote? They have a longer use cycle, don't harm fish or animals,  conserve natural resources, and don't clog recycling facility machinery (oh, and did we mention that plastic bags take over 500 years to break down?). Pick up one of our stylish and durable reusable totes so that you can use it again (and again and again).

And the sustainable choices will continue on from that. Check back soon for more updates!

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Join our mission to get even greener across Eataly: do your part.