Auckland's Climate Action Plan

Sustainable Restaurants

Imagine if all the restaurants in NZ that you love took extra effort to run the most sustainable business from the packaging they use, how they mange their waste and other areas. These businesses should be given a sustainable rating (similar to the eat safe A - F rating) and should be given an incentive when they meet a certain level and maintain it too.

Some problems we're dealing with:
"Twelve thousand tonnes of bread, 3000 tonnes of poultry -- more than 120,000 tonnes of food worth $872 million, every year. "

Packaging problems:
Some companies have already made commitments like McDonalds
"By 2025, 100 per cent of McDonald's guest packaging will come from renewable, recycled, or certified sources. Also by 2025, the company has set a goal to recycle guest packaging in 100 per cent of McDonald's restaurants. 

Why is it important?
There are already businesses out there promoting sustainable practices and we should be supporting them, promoting them and rewarding them. Whether they're using sustainable packaging or giving away food at the end of the day, practicing best waste management and helping in other ways.

The obvious benefits will be a reduction in waste to landfill, educating society and contributing to the climate change plans.

Restaurants could be rated in the following way:

  • Fully sustainable
    (Business signs up to the councils sustainable track to get advice and actions everything from sustainable packaging through to waste management)
  • Semi sustainable
    (Business signs up to the councils sustainable standards but doesn't commit to any actions. However they are willing to promote practices like suggesting customers bring their own containers etc)

This could be displayed along side the Eatsafe rating so it's clearly visible to customers. 


A fully sustainable business should be promoted and provided financial incentives. A competition should be run every year for the most sustainable business which could be promoted on a dedicated website.

Restaurants would get free advertisement and hopefully reduced fees too.

Thoughts? - Ofcoarse this could be expanded to include other businesses, retail and companies but the problem with food waste produced by restaurants is the main focus here along with packaging used.

edited on 5th August 2018, 00:08 by Nitin Prasad

Penelope Taylor 10 months ago

To make the biggest impact to climate change restaurants would need to go meat free. Animal agriculture has by far the largest impact on climate

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Hamish Lindop 8 months ago

You are right, but interesting to note that this is disproportionately more true of beef than other meats

I myself am really keen to try an impossible burger

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