Although Greenopia looked at all sorts of ways a restaurant or café might demonstrate its commitment to sustainability, their primary focus was on the food, as we expect yours is. However, Greenopia also looked at other green aspects of the business-its composting, recycling, and energy efficiency programs-and whether or not available carryout containers were biodegradable, compostable, and/or were made with recycled, recyclable, and/or chlorine free materials. The restaurants and cafés in the Local directory have demonstrated an ongoing and concerted effort toward balancing the issues outlined above.
The sustainability ratings are based on the following:
the percentage of produce purchased that is either certified organic and/or locally grown without pesticides and chemical fertilizers
the percentage of poultry and eggs that are certified organic and free-range/cage-free, and/or locally raised and free-range/cage-free without the use of hormones and/or antibiotics
the percentage of dairy products and grains that are certified organic; farm-raised, and, if farm-raised, the composition of its diet
the percentage of meat (or meat substitutes such as soy) that is certified organic and/or grass fed and produced without the use of hormones and antibiotics
the percentage of certified organic coffee, tea, juice, alcohol, and other nondairy beverages
Of the food and/or beverages served during any given one-week period: