Reel Chefs Catering is actively committed to sustainability. Our business depends on available, affordable, top-quality Eco-friendly resources. This is the main reason why we have chosen to focus our sustainability efforts on preserving, conserving, reusing, zero waste and continuously enhancing our Earth Friendly practices. We strive to be fully sustainable now and for generations to come.
Over the past several years, Reel Chefs Catering has invested in successful sustainability-related research and practices. We developed our own sustainability strategy and established an educational system with our team members to keep them informed of all the new ways to improve our contribution to full Global environment conservation. We are now working to identify and spread sustainable best practices throughout everyone that eats with us, by that creating a large consciousness. We’re also partnering with our suppliers and key stakeholders to protect resource availability and create long-term value through innovative approaches to ecosystem conservation and enhancement.
Reel Chefs Catering wants to share with you some of the steps we take in order reduce our business’ impact on the environment. We hope you find the links useful and informative.
MAKING THE COMMITMENT
Going green is a process. You have to make the commitment first, and understand that going green is not an all or nothing proposition. Change takes time.
Water conservation used to be something we only worried about during a drought and in the more arid regions of the country. But with human populations increasing at an alarming rate and climate change all but upon us, water conservation has become essential everywhere.
Be a green shopper. We offer the option of replacing traditional plastic and paper food containers and utensils with all-natural fiber packaging. Made from renewable resources such as sugar cane pulp, fallen leaves, and bamboo, they are compostable. Because they are unbleached, they are free from chlorine and dioxin.
From linens to glassware we are committed to providing re-usable equipment as much as possible. We have a long-standing relationship with New System Laundry, which shares our values and approach to business.
We are committed to a “green” operation…even in the dish room! Our cleaning products contain no dyes or phosphates, but more importantly, they do not release Volatile Organic Compounds into the air you breathe—pollutants that have been linked in numerous studies to increased asthma and allergy rates. All cleaners are free of perfumes and are 100% plant-based. We proudly use Auto-Chlor’s Green Clean product line.
We also use Young Living Essential Oils to cook and disinfect our kitchens and utensils.
REDUCE / REUSE / RECYCLE
Simply put, going green means reducing waste. That means reducing our consumption of goods, reusing products instead of throwing them away, and recycling whatever we don’t want to end up in our landfills. From our production facility to your event, we recycle all acceptable plastics, tin, glass, paper, and cardboard.
COMPOSTING & ZERO WASTE
Americans throw out a lot of food. Approximately 96 billion pounds every year. That’s about 12% of the material in our landfills - all of it slowly rotting away, producing tons of methane gas, which the EPA says is 20 times more damaging to the environment than auto emissions.
Most of our organic waste from food preparation is composted locally and turned into nutrient-rich fertilizer.
Our Cooking Oil is recycled and turned into quality BQ9000 biodiesel by SeQuential Pacific Biodiesel. The biodiesel refined from these local sources is a cleaner burning, renewable fuel that meets or exceeds rigorous U.S. ASTM specifications.
BUY FAIR TRADE
The products we choose to buy affect lives all around the world. When we demand more humane, more eco-friendly practices we help to create a more humane and eco-friendly world. The growing fair trade industry helps small-scale producers around the globe by building equitable, sustainable trading partnerships & creating work opportunities for communities in need.
BUY OCEAN-FRIENDLY SEAFOOD
Overfishing and destructive fishing practices have had calamitous effects on our oceans. But we can all make a difference by making choices in the seafood we eat that minimize the negative effects on the marine environment.
Buying locally-grown food is defined as food that has traveled less than seven hours on its way to market. Others stretch the travel time to twenty-four hours, and still, others go strictly by mileage. However you define it yourself, locally grown food is likely to be fresh and high quality, and buying local helps to protect family farms and the environment while reducing Carbon Footprint!!!
Organic is as hard to define as locally grown. The official USDA Certified Organic label means that the labeled product has not been genetically modified and has been grown or raised on land free from chemicals for at least three years. Imported organic foods, however, don’t necessarily meet the same standards.
We are proud to support environmental conservation & sustainability campaigns locally & internationally through our charitable donations & community outreach work with these organizations.
In our dedication to reforestation,
we plant 100 trees per week.