People are increasingly looking for better and more sustainable food choices. 

The food we consume has a massive impact on who we are, how we think, function, and our environment, so our choices can make a big difference in our everyday lives.

With that being said, what is sustainable food? And is there a way to choose a sustainable restaurant?

According to Sustain, a sustainable restaurant should contribute to local economies, avoid damaging or wasting natural resources, avoid contributing to climate change and provide social benefits like quality food, healthy products, and educational opportunities. 

In addition to that, if the chef talks about utilizing seasonal produce fresh ingredients, grows food, buys locally, works with the local communities, then those are all signs pointing to their restaurant being sustainable. 

You can also pay attention to the following factors:

  • Sustainable restaurants create a welcoming environment. They include various healthy options on their menu utilizing seasonal fruits and vegetables, are actively engaged within their community, and treat their employees and customers with respect.
  • A sustainable restaurant sources its food ethically, seasonally locally, using fair trade goods.
  • Finally, environmental awareness is a key factor in finding a sustainable restaurant. Making sure they're clean, organized, being water efficient, and utilizing recyclable materials are all important. 

Most restaurants that make it a priority to be sustainable and environmentally friendly mention it on their social media and personal websites, so feel free to do some research as well.