Grubhub’s commitment to driving green restaurant practices across the industry

How important is sustainability for your restaurant? 

The National Restaurant Association predicts that environmentally-friendly practices, such as energy-efficient equipment and recycling programs, will be integrated into every element of restaurant operations in 2030. 

Additionally, green restaurant practices are playing a bigger role in restaurant marketing strategies. The National Restaurant Association estimates more restaurant operators will promote their sustainability practices and efforts in marketing to consumers, which will be critical to capture environmentally-conscious consumer segments like Generation Z and millennials. 

Being a green restaurant is more important than ever before, not only for the environment but also for your customers. To support sustainability across the restaurant industry, we have undertaken two new initiatives.

Grubhub’s commitment to reducing single-use plastics

According to the National Resources Defense Council, 300 million tons of plastic are produced worldwide each year, and half of that is used for single-use items such as plastic straws and cutlery. Each year 100,000 marine animals and over 1 million seabirds die from ingesting plastic and it is estimated that by 2050 there will be more plastic than fish in the ocean. 

The world’s reliance on single-use plastics is straining our oceans, environment, and communities worldwide. By decreasing our reliance on single-use plastics within the restaurant industry, we are able to take an effective step toward reducing the number of plastic products that are contributing to global climate change. 

At Grubhub, we’re committed to driving sustainability across the restaurant industry. In February, we joined the #CutOutCutlery campaign to dramatically reduce the number of single-use plastics that enter the environment. According to Devry Boughner Vorwerk, Grubhub’s Chief Corporate Affairs Officer, this move by Grubhub will “keep millions of unneeded pieces of single-use plastic out of the environment.” Through this move, not only will we advance sustainable business practices across Grubhub, but also the restaurant industry. 

Sheila Morovati, Founder and CEO of Habits of Waste and #CutOutCutlery, has been a key partner with us as we develop this vital sustainability feature in our app.

The Grubhub app and website will begin automatically defaulting to zero utensils and napkins with every order in the next coming months. While diners will still be able to request plasticware when needed, this move will help advance sustainability for restaurants and generate significant savings for these questions.

Our latest partnership with the Green Restaurant Association

Throughout April, all donations from Grubhub’s Donate the Change program will benefit the Green Restaurant Association. This international nonprofit organization works to shift the restaurant industry toward ecological sustainability by encouraging restaurants to green their operations using transparent science-based certification standards.

With its turnkey certification system, the Green Restaurant Association has made it accessible for thousands of restaurants to become more environmentally sustainable in energy, water, waste, food disposables, chemicals, and build and more. 

The Green Restaurant Association will work with restaurants in the Grubhub Restaurant Network to become a Certified Green Restaurant®.

According to the GRA, Restaurants that become a Certified Green Restaurant®: 

  • save money
  • Grow their customer base
  • Improve employee morale
  • Stay ahead of legislation such as recycling mandates

Through this new partnership, Grubhub restaurant partners will have access to ongoing educational materials and resources to fuel their sustainable restaurant practices.

Working together to build sustainable and green restaurants

At Grubhub, we understand we all have a responsibility to protect our planet, and every little step we take can make a difference. That is why we have taken the following steps to drive sustainability in the industry:

  • Reducing the use of single-use plastics by joining the #CutOutCutlery Campaign. In the next few months, our app will automatically default to zero utensils and napkins, which will not only reduce the amount of plastic in the environment but also generate savings for our restaurant partners. 
  • Throughout the month of April, all donations from Grubhub’s Donate the Change will benefit the Green Restaurant Association. 
  • Partnering with the Green Restaurant Association to provide our network of restaurants access to educational resources that can help them incorporate sustainability into their restaurant model. 

Through these efforts, we hope to make sustainability in food more accessible to our restaurant partners, positively impact the environment, and be a catalyst for sustainability and environmentalism in the restaurant industry. 

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