the last straw

7 steps to dining out sustainably

1.  Eat plants!

Locally grown fruits and vegetables take far less resources to produce than meat while simultaneously providing clean for us to breathe. Who doesn't want to support that? 

1 year of trash in a jar

1 year of trash in a jar

Being Zero waste isn’t necessarily fitting all of our trash for 1 year into a mason jar like you’ve probably seen on some facebook video of Lauren Singer who is one of the women at front of the Zero Waste movement. Especially in a restaurant where we are serving hundreds of people per day, that just isn’t feasible. But what is feasible is being conscious of waste created in all aspects of our lives especially when choosing what to buy and making decisions accordingly. 

Whole Foods, we can do better.

Whole Foods, we can do better.

The obvious implication here is Whole Foods, YOU can do better, and I know that because I’m doing better and I’m not a fortune 500 company or fortune whatever company you’ve become since being acquired by Amazon. I’m sure there are plenty of things we all know Whole Foods could do better cough*lower prices*cough, but I’m not one to gripe about price.

I see a shift!

I have been wanting to write about the disconnect between health food and consciousness of packaging for a while, but after an interaction I had today and a conversation I had recently, I’m going to be more optimistic and acknowledge a shift that I see happening instead!

No more maple!!

The title may have lead you to believe I have some kind of a vendetta against maple, which I assure you, I do not. I have nothing at all against maple, it tastes great, and it brings up an unparalleled level of nostalgia when paired with pancakes and remembering the good ole days of your mom’s breakfast on a lazy Saturday morning.  However, I never intended to rely as heavily as we’ve become on maple syrup at Moku Roots for our vegan pancakes which we previously served with honey until it was brought to our attention that it was slightly misleading.  The pancakes are vegan and will continue to be, but will be served with our local organic honey from Maui Bees in Kula and as such will be labeled dairy and egg free instead of vegan.  

We just got rid of our trash cans!!

We just got rid of our trash cans!!

I feel confident in saying that we are probably one of the only restaurants in existence that was faced with the predicament of producing too little trash for our 2 “slim jim” trash cans. Every night during our one trash run of the day, we would try to combine our 2 small kitchen trash cans, our 2 bathroom trash cans and the one by the register and still feel terrible that we were throwing away a full size trash bag hardly 1/3 of the way full.