As consumers become increasingly concerned about the impact of the food industry on the environment, sustainability has become an important issue for QSRs. From reducing waste and conserving energy to sourcing ingredients sustainably, QSRs are taking steps to minimize their environmental footprint and promote sustainable practices.
One of the biggest areas of focus for sustainability is reducing waste. This includes everything from minimizing food waste to using eco-friendly packaging materials. Many chains are implementing composting and recycling programs to reduce the amount of waste they produce, while others are experimenting with reusable containers and cutlery to eliminate single-use packaging altogether. Companies like Starbucks and McDonald’s are experimenting with cups that don’t require straws, removing the need for additional single use plastic. By reducing waste, QSRs are not only lowering their impact on the environment but also saving money on disposal and procurement costs.
Another sustainability practice QSRs are implementing is energy conservation and cashless technology. This includes everything from upgrading energy-efficient appliances to using renewable energy sources like solar power. Many chains are also investing in building design and construction practices that reduce energy consumption, such as installing efficient lighting systems and using materials that are good insulators. Pizza Hut is working to be net zero by 2030 and has already implemented practices that reduced their absolute gas emissions by 45% since 2011. By conserving energy, QSRs are not only reducing their environmental impact but also saving money on utility costs.
Some QSRs are choosing to go completely cashless. POS systems are set up to be able to accept and distribute digital tips to employees without additional paper receipts. Cash recyclers also play a significant role in promoting sustainability practices in Quick Service Restaurants (QSRs). By automating and streamlining cash management processes, these devices offer numerous benefits that contribute to environmental sustainability. By efficiently counting and sorting cash, these machines optimize cash flow and reduce the need for frequent cash pickups and deliveries. This helps to decrease vehicle emissions associated with cash transportation, resulting in a smaller carbon footprint.
Sourcing ingredients is another key differentiator. This includes everything from using local produce to ensuring that animal products are raised in humane and environmentally responsible ways. One example is Subway. They work to source their ingredients locally, to cut down on food miles and consequent greenhouse gas emissions. Many chains are also experimenting with plant-based alternatives to meat and dairy products, which have a much lower environmental impact than traditional animal-based products. By sourcing ingredients sustainably, QSRs are not only reducing their impact on the environment but also meeting the growing demand for ethical and sustainable food options.
Many are also using sustainability to build their brand and separate themselves from their competitors. By promoting their eco-friendly initiatives and highlighting their commitment to the environment, QSRs attract environmentally conscious consumers and build brand loyalty. This includes everything from environmentally friendly marketing campaigns to partnering with environmental organizations and highlighting sustainability initiatives on menus and in-store displays.
QSRs have been increasingly embracing sustainability practices to reduce their environmental impact and promote a greener future. These practices encompass various aspects, such as energy efficiency, waste reduction, and responsible sourcing. By adopting these sustainability practices, QSRs are not only reducing their environmental footprint but also inspiring positive change within the industry and encouraging consumers to make more conscious choices. Evention helps this process by providing solutions like Cash Recon and the Automated Tipping Solution for QSRs. They seamlessly integrate with your payroll and time and attendance programs, creating a complete ecosystem that revolutionizes the way QSRs manage their finances, empowers their staff, and reduces their carbon footprint. Learn more about Evention’s work in digital tipping and accounting automation here.