3 Tips For Opening Up An Eco-Friendly Bar
Are you preparing to open up a bar? Not just any bar, but one that’s mindful of the environment and you intend to go green to protect Mother Earth as best you can while making a living at the same time.
Many people fail to think about how much water, electricity, and other natural resources get used in a bar. In this day and age going green is good for business, the environment and for the planet as well. So, the game plan is simple: contact an alcoholic beverage commission lawyer to help you obtain a liquor license in your state, use Plumfund to raise money for startup capital, and follow these tips to make to make your bar eco-friendly.
- Make Recycling A Top Priority
Every bar owner obviously recycles to some degree since they are dealing with so many bottles. They certainly want to get their money back so that type of recycling should be prioritized. But there are other things that can easily be recycled as well, and should be, like glass liquor bottles, plastic bottles, cans, and more.
Will you serve food in your bar? We wouldn’t recommend necessarily recycling this per se, but if you anticipate that a lot of it will be thrown out, make sure you donate it to a local soup kitchen or a homeless shelter. Not only will this food feed those less fortunate, but it will also add to you bar’s reputation and make you feel better about yourself.
- Make Your Equipment Energy-Efficient
Obviously, when you first made your plan of opening a bar, you most likely intended to keep your overhead as low as possible. In most cases, low overhead usually entails buying equipment that isn’t necessarily energy-efficient. But if you think long-term and you really care about the planet, you’ll spend a little extra money to buy energy-efficient, Energy Star rated equipment.
The obvious benefit to going this route is saving money on your overall energy bills. This might not be a huge savings right away, but it will put more money in your pocket over the long run and make your business more efficient. Plus, having energy-efficient refrigerators, stoves, ovens, and more will help protect the environment as well. So you’re saving money, doing something good for the earth, and ultimately making yourself and your business friendly toward the environment.
- Avoid Wasting Water
When you own a bar, many people are going to be roaming in and out of the bathroom. While this is happening, they will continuously wash their hands. This is certainly a good thing, but it’s also one way that many bars wastewater.
To prevent water from being wasted, put flow restrictors on the bathroom faucets. This will control the amount of water coming out of each faucet when people are washing their hands in the bathroom. It will give them just enough water to wash their hands without going overboard. This is the best way to prevent water from being wasted and it will also cut down on your water bills as well, so it’s a win-win situation all around.
Nobody ever said opening an environmentally friendly bar was going to be easy. But it’s worth it if this is your intended path in life. So use the tips we’ve shared today, focus on opening an environmentally friendly establishment and work hard to build your business and make it a fun place for other like-minded people to hang out, have a few drinks, and enjoy themselves after a long day at work.