I've been reading a few sustainability books, most of which were written for consumers rather than bartenders, and am sharing a few notes on them, or highlights of things I found interesting.
How to Be a Conscious Eater: Making Food Choices That Are Good for You, Others, and the Planet by Sophie Egan
This book is geared toward the consumer rather than the bartender, so it may not change much about how you order for the bar. As a consumer resource I found it to be impressively useful and revealing, and balanced: no blind fear of "toxins" here.
According to the book Eat For the Planet, it takes 160 times as many land resources to produce beef as it does to grow fruits, vegetables, and legumes.
Slate has reported that it takes about twice the energy to make an aluminum can as it does an equivalent glass bottle.
Producing a 1-gallon jug of regular milk takes about 2,000 gallons of water. Almond and soy milks require one-sixth and one-half that amount, respectively (though exact numbers vary).
Peanuts are the lowest water users of all the nuts, and the most affordable.
Resources recommended in the Book:
Waste Not: Make a Big Difference by Throwing Away Less by Erin Rhoads
The Art of Cardboard by Lori Zimmer might be a place to look for fun cardboard reuse projects.
Allow your customers to take action by offering postcards and stamps for anyone who wants to send a note about certain issues such as getting municipal recycling in your bar's city.
Refill printer cartridges rather than buying new ones.
Avocado seeds can be used in "shampoo extender."
Before throwing something out, ask if anyone might need it - employees, customers via social media.
Clean windows with vinegar and newspaper to wipe.
You can buy scouring pads made from coconut husks and agave fibers rather than non-compostable ones.
Make toilet cleaner by adding baking soda plus vinegar cleaner to the bowl and waiting an hour before scrubbing.
Scrappy Citrus Vinegar for All-Purpose Cleaning
- Half-fill and empty jar with orange or lemon peel scraps.
- Top up the jar with vinegar, put the lid on and let it sit in a dark place for 6 weeks.
- Strain and use.
Make your own Oat Milk and Cashew milk
Plastic is "down-cycled" meaning it is only recycled once before the end of its life.
Glass jars can be recycled indefinitely and will save 74 percent of the energy it would take to make new glass from raw materials.
Glass is often recycled into sand for construction projects.
The cost and energy needed to recycle metal are lower than in making virgin metal. Metal also has the added bonus of being able to be recycled continually if the material is not contaminated.
101 Ways to Go Zero Waste by Kathryn Kellogg
Flying: The 5-Hour Rule: The sweet spot for flying while considering how to lower your emissions expense is around 4-5 hours. Emissions increase on longer flights due to the weight of the additional fuel the plane must carry. On shorter flights, a high proportion of the fuel is used for taking off and taxiing. Flying in business class result in 3 times more emissions per person .
Ask social media if people need boxes - can collect them by appointment etc
Don't clean marble or granite with vinegar.
Receipts coated with BPA are not recyclable or compostable, will contaminate recycling.
Only 9 percent of all plastic is actually recycled.